The Legislative Operations and Elections Committe in Nevada’s Assembly has advanced a constitutional amendment that will allow same-sex couples to marry in that state. The vote will allow the full chamber to vote on it sometime this session.
The vote was along party lines with all seven Democrats voting in favor of Senate Joint Resolution 13 and all three Republicans voting against it. The Nevada Senate voted on SJR13 in April passing it 12 to 9. The bill will have to be approved by both houses of the Nevada legislature during this session and again in the 2015 session before going before the voters in 2016.
Should the amendment pass at the ballot box, it will then remove the ban on same-sex marriage and replace it with a bill that legalizes same-sex marriage.
Democrats currently hold a strong majority in the Assembly.
The amendment is being spearheaded by the ACLU and the Progressive Leadership Allicance of Nevada. Lambda Legal is also pursuing taking down the ban on same-sex marriage in a lawsuit named Sevcik v. Sandoval. The suit is currently on hold due to the cases targeting Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act which are currently before the US Supreme Court.