Nevada Is First State to Protect Same-Sex Marriage in Constitution

Nevada has become the nation's first state to protect same-sex marriage in its Constitution. In the Tuesday election, voters repealed a 2002 amendment that had defined marriage as between one man and one woman. Now, marriage is defined as “between couples, regardless of gender.” The amendment reserves the right of religious organizations and clergy-persons to refuse to solemnize a marriage.

The New York Times reports that 61.2 percent (691,661 voters) supported this new definition of marriage, versus 38.8 percent (438,318 voters), with 75 percent of votes reported.


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