(LAS VEGAS, KXNT, ASSOCIATED PRESS)–Nevada Assemblyman Andrew Martin, a Las Vegas Democrat, has married to his longtime partner Dana Barooshian.
The wedding took place Sunday in Washington D.C. The two have been together more than 27 years and are also business partners in a CPA firm.
In an interview, Martin tells KXNT nothing would have pleased him more than to have been married in Nevada, but same sex marriage is not recognized here, although a joint resolution making its way through the legislative and electoral gauntlet could eventually legalize same sex marriage in the state in a few years.
Martin tied the know with Barooshian as part of a fundraising event for the nonprofit Helping Our Brothers and Sisters. The organization assists and mentors gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender veterans and youth.
The two men say they met in 1985 in the student government at Binghamton University, and made a lifelong commitment to each other a year later.
They say they decided to get legally married after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and after numerous states legalized same-sex marriage.