A Nevada Senate committee on Thursday
approved a proposed constitutional amendment which seeks to legalize
gay marriage in the state.
The Senate Committee on Legislative
Operations and Elections approved the measure on a party-line, 3-2
Senator Tick Segerblom's joint
resolution originally sought only to remove from the Nevada
constitution the state's definition of marriage approved by voters in
2002 which says, “Only a marriage between a male and female person
shall be recognized and given effect in this state.” But a
last-minute amendment adopted by the panel adds that the state “shall
recognize marriages and issue marriage licenses, regardless of
“We felt it would be cleaner to both
eliminate the current prohibition and make it clear Nevada does not
discriminate in any way,” Segerblom said.
The resolution needs the approval of
two separately elected Legislatures, making 2016 the earliest it
could reach the voters.
Nevada currently recognizes gay and
lesbian couples with domestic partnerships. As of April 1, 4,157
couples have entered the union, though some are of the opposite sex.
The resolution now goes to the full