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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada Senate committee has taken a big step to not only repeal the state’s heterosexual definition of marriage but to recognize all marriages “regardless of gender.”

SJR13 was approved Thursday on a 3-2 party line vote by the Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections. It now goes to the Senate floor.

The original language sought only to repeal language in the state Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

But a late amendment adopted by the committee adds that the state “shall recognize marriages and issue marriage licenses, regardless of gender.”

Republican Sen. James Settelmeyer of Minden says he would have voted for the original bill, but he withdrew his support because he doesn’t believe marriage should be in the Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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