Repeal of Marriage Ban Introduced in Nevada
March 20, 2013 by Adrian Matanza, Senior Regional Field Organizer
Earlier this week, Nevada Democratic State Senator Tick Segerblom introduced Senate Joint Resolution 13, a bill that would repeal the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. In 2002, Nevada voters approved Question 2, the “Protection of Marriage Act,” banning same-sex marriage, with almost 67% support.
To change or repeal a constitutional amendment in Nevada, the state legislature, without gubernatorial approval, must approve the change in two consecutive legislative sessions; the bill then must be approved by voters in the next election cycle by a simple majority. If this bill is approved during this session, the same bill would need legislative approval in 2015, and then approval by the voters, which could take place as early as 2016.
Earlier this month, you may recall that recent polling done by the Retail Association of Nevada puts support for same-sex marriage at a new high of 54 percent.
You can voice your support for this important legislation by submitting testimony in support of SJR13 at the Nevada State Legislature’s website, by clicking here.