After passage in the Nevada Senate last month, a proposed constitutional amendment which seeks to legalize gay marriage in the state received a hearing in the Assembly.

The Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections heard testimony Thursday on Senate Joint Resolution 13.

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 states, “Only a marriage between a male and female person shall be recognized and given effect in this state.” But a last-minute amendment adopted earlier at the Senate committee phase added that the state “shall recognize marriages and issue marriage licenses, regardless of gender.”

During debate on the Senate floor, Senator Kelvin Atkinson, a Democrat from Las Vegas, came out gay.

The 10-member Assembly panel heard brief 2-minute appeals from supporters and opponents during a three-hour hearing.

Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, a Republican from Las Vegas, spoke up in support of the measure for the first time.

“My mom is gay,” Fiore told colleagues. “My two daughters and I are not. My mom is a Democrat. My two daughters and I are strong Republicans. I am who I am today because of the guidance and upbringing of my mom, who is gay.”

In urging the committee to reject the resolution, Janine Hansen of the Christian conservative Nevada Eagle Forum called it “radical.”

“This is a radical constitutional amendment as no other state has actually put it in their constitution and it does far more than repealing it,” she testified.

A high school student testified in support of his two-mom family.

“I was born in Nevada 18 years ago and guess who was there?” an emotional Riley Roberts rhetorically asked. “My mom Pamela Roberts and Gretchen Miller, my loving parents. And who was there to watch me take my first steps? Pamela Roberts and Gretchen Miller.”

The committee is expected to vote on the measure next week.