Ballot question on state constitution’s same-sex marriage ban coming in 2020

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noneA resolution to amend the Nevada Constitution to recognize all marriages regardless of gender is headed to the 2020 ballot.

The Senate passed Assembly Joint Resolution 2 Thursday by a vote of 18-2, with Democratic state Sen. Marcia Washington and Republican Sen. Ira Hansen voting against it. It passed the Assembly in a 37-2 vote March 29, when Republican Assemblymen Jim Wheeler and John Ellison voted against it.

“We applaud the Legislature for their bipartisan commitment to full equality for all LGBTQ people,” said André Wade, State Director of Silver State Equality. “Now, it is up to LGBTQ Nevadans and our allies to demonstrate the Silver State’s leadership on LGBTQ civil rights at the ballot box next year.”

A 2000 and 2002 ballot question was overwhelmingly approved by voters that amended Nevada’s Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. But times have changed.

“Nevada is not the same state as it was when it adopted the prior discriminatory marriage definition nearly two decades ago, and our constitution should updated accordingly,” said Tod Story, the executive director of the ACLU of Nevada.

In 2015, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalized same-sex marriage. Former Assemblyman Nelson Araujo said by “adding this amendment to Nevada’s Constitution, we will be able to protect marriage equality from whatever actions may come from Trump’s hateful and divisive presidency.”

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.

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