CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP/KXNT) — The Nevada Senate took an emotional step toward legalizing gay marriage with a near party-line vote to repeal the state’s heterosexual definition of marriage.
Senate Joint Resolution 13 repeals a constitutional provision enacted by voters in 2002. It also declares that Nevada recognizes all marriages, regardless of gender.
The resolution was approved on a 12-9 vote late Monday, and includes a provision stating that religious groups would not be required to perform gay weddings.
It now goes to the Assembly. If passed by lawmakers this year and in 2015, it would go to voters in 2016 for ratification.
Many Republicans in the Senate said they endorsed the original version of the resolution, which called only for repealing the Protection of Marriage Act defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
They objected to expanding the measure to sanction same-sex marriage.
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