Joint Resolution is second step in effort to redefine marriage in the Nevada State Constitution

by Brian Bahouth

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Carson City – Assembly Joint Resolution 2 from the 2017 session could ultimately change the Nevada Constitution, so there is a three step, five year process for the change to occur, and on March 12, Las Vegas, Democrat, Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui presented the joint resolution with the measure’s co-sponsor Senator David Parks to the Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections.

Hear Assemblywoman Jauregui’s presentation of AJR2.

Hear the introductory remarks from Senator David Parks.

On June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in the Obergefell vs. Hodges case, and since then, according to Assemblywoman Jauregui, Clark and Washoe counties have conducted more than 20,000 same sex marriages combined, which generated more than $1.5 million in local government revenue.

“And keep in mind, the local wedding and resort industry that hosts the weddings, have a much larger revenue gain that isn’t in these numbers,” Jauregui said. “Unfortunately, our state’s Constitution still has outdated language that discriminates against love.”

Section 21 of Article 1 of the Nevada State Constitution currently defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

“Only a marriage between a male and a female person shall be recognized and given effect in this state,” the current Constitution reads, but AJR2(2017) would replace the language with the following.

“The State of Nevada and its political subdivisions shall recognize marriages and issue marriage licenses to couples regardless of gender.”  And further, “All legally valid marriages must be treated equally under the law.”

A three step, five year process

Step 1 – passed in 2017 legislative session

Step 2 – passage of the exact same measure in the 2019 legislative session

Step 3 – The resolution would then be on the 2020 statewide ballot, and if the resolution passes a simple majority vote, the language in the Nevada Constitution would be changed.

What follows is an audio catalog of testimony given in support and opposition to AJR2(2017) to the Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections on March 12, 2019. If by chance we misspelled your name, please write us at feedback@nevadacapitalnews.org, and we’ll make the change.

In support

Stephen Page, northern Nevada lead for the Human Rights Campaign.

Rosemary Gully

Stephen Pary

Briana Escamilla

James Healy, former state Assemblyman

Riccardo Arcena

Autumn Zemke

Gabriel D’Ayer

Christine Saunders, policy director for the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada

Rex Reed, ACLU of Nevada.

Ronald Quinn and husband

Mary Liveratti, League of Women Voters of Northern Nevada

Sherrie Scaffidi , Transgender Allies Group in Reno

Jeremy Menke

Kent Ervin

Ruben Murillo, president of the Nevada State Education Association

Opposition

Gloria Campman

Janine Hansen, state president, Nevada Families for Freedom

Lynn Chapman, Independent American Party

Richard Ziser, former chairman of the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage

Sally Zamorra

Sheila Arseo

Father David Hoff from St Paul’s CEC in Henderson