Constitutional amendments[ edit ] Nevada voters approved Question 2 , an amendment to the Constitution of Nevada that banned same-sex marriage, by On February 1, , after Democrats took control of the Legislature following the elections , a similar bill was introduced, in order to bring the Constitution in line with the fact that same-sex marriage is legal.
If approved in and , it would be placed on the ballot for approval by voters. District Court for the District of Nevada. In the case of Sevcik v. Sandoval , it argued that "No legitimate Jones ruled against the plaintiffs, holding that "the maintenance of the traditional institution of civil marriage as between one man and one woman is a legitimate state interest".
Governor Brian Sandoval stated: On October 9, Judge James C. Mahan issued the injunction and same-sex couples began obtaining marriage licenses. It passed the Assembly on April 17, in a vote and passed the Senate on May 17, in a vote. Domestic partnership[ edit ] Senate Bill , legislation creating domestic partnerships in which unmarried couples—both same-sex couples and different-sex couples—would have most of the rights of married couples was sponsored by openly gay Democratic Senator David Parks of Las Vegas.
To attract support he modified his original draft so that the legislation exempted both private and public employers from having to provide health care benefits to their employees' domestic partners. The Nevada Assembly passed the legislation 26—14 on May Neither house of the Legislature had passed the bill with the two-thirds vote needed to override the Governor's veto. In his veto message he wrote: They differ from marriage in failing to qualify as marriages for federal government purposes and in lacking a requirement that businesses and governments provide health benefits to the domestic partners of their employees if they do so for the spouses of their married employees.
Supreme Court ruled in United States v. The Domestic Partnership Responsibilities Act fails to qualify domestic partnerships as marriages only for the purpose of requiring businesses and governments to provide the health benefits stated above because of that ruling.
Nevada domestic partnerships differ from marriages in that a couple forming a domestic partnership must share a common residence. While someone who wishes to marry can do so at age 16 with the consent of one parent, no comparable exception is provided for someone who wishes to enter into a domestic partnership before the age of