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Nevada, USA: Senate Votes 12-9 To Repeal Marriage Equality Ban As Lawmaker Comes Out

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Nevada State Senator Kelvin AtkinsonThe move to repeal Nevada’s ban on same-sex marriages move forward yesterday, as the Senate voted 12 to 9 to approve the measure. During the debate, Sen. Kelvin Atkinson came out. Towleroad reports:

One Republican joined with Democrats to vote in favor of the resolution and lawmakers debated for more than an hour. The debate included this, the Las Vegas Sun reports: In a particularly emotional moment, Sen. Kelvin Atkinson, D-North Las Vegas, publicly declared for the first time that he is gay. “I’m black. I’m gay,” Atkinson said in a trembling voice after describing his father’s interracial re-marriage that would have been banned earlier in American history. “I know this is the first time many of you have heard me say that I am a black, gay male.”

As we mentioned before, even if the bill get support in both houses, it will need to be re-approved in 2015, and then will go before the voters in 2016.

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