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WTH!…Nevada becomes first (1st) US state to recognize same-sex marriage in constitution

Nevada!..The 18-year-old ban on same-sex marriage have been overturned by Nevada voters, making it the first US state to enshrine gay couples’ right to marry in its constitution.

 

Question 2 on Nevada ballots had asked voters whether they support an amendment recognizing marriage “as between couples regardless of gender.” The “Marriage Regardless of Gender Amendment” also asked if religious organizations and clergy retained the right “to refuse to solemnize a marriage.”

 

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Before now, Nevada is one of 30 states with a constitution that defined marriage as strictly between a man and a woman. But the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015 ruled state bans on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. (See Here)

 

However on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, nearly two-thirds (2/3) of voters said the state’s constitution should be amended to remove a provision stating marriage is only between a man and a woman.

 

The results were 62% in favor and 38% against according to the secretary of state, with more than three-fourths (3/4) of the votes counted.

 

Equality Nevada President Chris Davin told NBC News;

 

“It feels good that we let the voters decide. The people said this, not judges or lawmakers. This was direct democracy — it’s how everything should be.”

 

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Lesbian couple Yi Wang, right, and Yumi Meng show their wedding rings during a military mass weddings ceremony in Taoyuan city, northern Taiwan, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Two lesbian couples tied the knot in a mass ceremony held by Taiwan’s military on Friday in a historic step for the island. Taiwan is the only place in Asia to have legalized gay marriage, passing legislation in this regard in May 2019. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

While a 2002 voter referendum originally changed the Nevada Constitution to define marriage as between “a male and female person”, Same-sex marriage wasn’t recognized in the state until 2014 after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled bans in Nevada and Idaho violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

 

A year later, the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges invalidated same-sex marriage bans nationwide.

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