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US: Nevada Senator comes out during debate around equal marriage ban

US: Nevada Senator comes out during debate around equal marriage ban

by Joseph Patrick McCormick, 23 April 2013, 5:30pm

A Senator in the US state of Nevada came out as gay on Monday, during a legislative debate around a bill to repeal the state’s ban on equal marriage.

Senator Kelvin Atkinson nervously made the announcement during the debate around the legislation which was passed by the Nevada Senate 12 votes to 9, which could eventually lead to a repeal of a 2002 voter-approved constitutional amendment which bans equal marriage in the state.

Last week, the resolution SJR13, which was passed by the Senate committee a week prior 3 votes to 2, set out that the state of Nevada would recognise marriage regardless of gender.

“I’m black. I’m gay,” he said, reports the Las Vegas Sun. “I know this is the first time many of you have heard me say that I am a black, gay male.”

He went on to slam the suggestion by some that equal marriage would threaten other marriages. He said: “If this hurts your marriage, then your marriage was in trouble in the first place.”

One Senator, Ben Kieckhefer, was the only Republican to join his 11 Democratic peers to vote in favour of the measure.

The Church of the Latter Day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon Church, which is particularly prominent in the state of Nevada, strongly opposes the amendment.

One Mormon Senator, Justin Jones, said during the debate that he sees his brother in law every Sunday at Church, and that he would not feel right voting against the measure to repeal the equal marriage ban.

“I would rather lose an election than look my brother-in-law in the eye every Sunday and tell him he doesn’t have the same rights as I do,” he said.

That sentiment was not shared by all, however, as Joe Hardy, also a Mormon, said that marriage is “ordained of God”, and said those relationships ”perpetuate beyond the grave.”

“I do not believe this measure will strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society,” he said.

In 2002, voters in Nevada approved an amendment to the state constitution stating that “only a marriage between a male and female person shall be recognized and given effect in this state.” At that point, the vote was 337,197 to 164,573 for the amendment.

In June 2009, The law allowing domestic partnerships was passed, and became effective in September of that year, which allowed same-sex couples some rights, but not the full benefits of marriage.

by Anonymousreply 1704/23/2013

Bump for awesomeness.

by Anonymousreply 104/23/2013

Well you knew he'd grow up to be cool after his Mom named him for a refrigerator.

by Anonymousreply 204/23/2013

Nevada has a Republican governor, so isn't he just going to veto any pro-equality legislation?

by Anonymousreply 304/23/2013

How can you get that far in politics and not have the press/opponents going through your rubbish bins, looking for dirt?

Is this an prime example of "the downlow", where black guys have to hide it so diligently that a forensic scientist would have trouble unearthing the truth?

by Anonymousreply 404/23/2013

That's very cool. Excellent of him to announce it in this way. It's always nice to hear of politicians who are there for more than just the paycheck.

by Anonymousreply 504/23/2013

[quote]marriage is “ordained of God”, and said those relationships ”perpetuate beyond the grave.”

According to whom? The Christian bible states clearly that in Heaven, those "earthly" man and wife relationships will be no more; in fact they'll be closer to strangers than couples. Apparently that god is smart enough to realize the false divisions such perpetuations would create. If you believe in such stuff, who the fuck would want the same ties in the afterlife one had in this vale of tears?

THIS is why religion has no place in government.

by Anonymousreply 604/23/2013

An of course this same God allowed those very Mormons to have multiple wives in the 19th century. Guess He changed his mind. Oops

by Anonymousreply 704/23/2013

Don't forget about the inferior black Mormons(!) who were somehow not good enough to become elders--until constant pressure on the church in the late 1970s made them abandon that particular doctrine.

by Anonymousreply 804/23/2013

Smelling cooookies...

by Anonymousreply 904/23/2013


by Anonymousreply 1004/23/2013

He is cute and brave. Oh and r4 is an ass.

by Anonymousreply 1104/23/2013

Oh, sweetie...even I can see your gayness.

by Anonymousreply 1204/23/2013

I'd marry him.

by Anonymousreply 1304/23/2013

[quote]“I’m black. I’m gay,” he said, reports the Las Vegas Sun. “I know this is the first time many of you have heard me say that I am a black, gay male.”

I think that most of them knew the first part.

by Anonymousreply 1404/23/2013

Drama! Me like!

by Anonymousreply 1504/23/2013

I guess I have a sudden urge to say something that I've never been able to air in public that I'm a little nervous about, but maybe not as nervous as my publicist.

So I'm just going to put it out there, loud and proud. I'm going to need your support on this. I am… single.

by Anonymousreply 1604/23/2013

You cuntresses are as much of the reason people stay closeted as any loony bible-banger.

by Anonymousreply 1704/23/2013
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