Two Republicans vote with majority to allow domestic partnerships in NV
Nevada Senate Approves Domestic Partnerships
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Nevada has a ban on gay marriage, but soon, same-sex couples could be allowed to enter into domestic partnerships ensuring them many of the same rights as married couples.
As a group of gay rights activists celebrated ‘Equality Day’ in Carson City, they reveled in the vote that got Senate Bill 283 out of the Nevada Senate. “It was something that we didn’t think was going to happen and it was a moment in history.”
The bill passed nearly on party lines. Of the 21 senators, 12 voted for the bill (including two Republicans who broke ranks) and nine senators voted against (including two Democrats crossing the aisle.)
Republican Senator Maurice Washington says his vote against wasn’t one of morality, but of constitutionality. After all, voters put a gay marriage ban into Nevada’s constitution. “I think the voters spoke in the petition saying they wanted to protect the sanctity of marriage and I think this is an attempt to go around it.”
But the bill’s sponsor, Democratic Senator David Parks (Nevada’s only openly gay lawmaker) says that’s exactly why he didn’t go for the marriage. “A domestic partnership is not the equivalent of a marriage in Nevada, nor does it violate the article of the constitution for the protection of marriage.”
Governor Gibbons threatened to veto an earlier version of this bill, but he’s not made a final decision on what he’ll do.