Saturday, June 06, 2009

Nevada allows same-sex domestic partnerships

Not quite the same as marriage, but who am I to complain? The Nevada legislature has just overthrown a veto by Governor Jim Gibbons, thus allowing domestic partnerships for both gay and heterosexual couples. Caught the primarily-New-England-based gay marriage fever, have ya, Nevada?

CARSON CITY -- Only a handful of spectators watched Sunday night as the Assembly voted 28-14 to override Gov. Jim Gibbons' veto of a bill that establishes a domestic partnership law in Nevada.

That vote, with the state Senate's 14-7 rejection of the veto Saturday, makes Senate Bill 283 a law that takes effect on Oct. 1.

Under the new law, same-sex and opposite-sex couples can go to the secretary of state's office, sign a registry, pay a fee and secure a domestic partnership contract that essentially gives them the same legal rights and responsibilities as married couples.

Domestic partnerships, or civil unions, are not the same as same-sex marriages, which are now legal in five states. A constitutional amendment approved by Nevada voters in 2002 specifies that a marriage can be between a man and a woman only.

Domestic partnerships may not have all the benefits and glamor of actual marriage, but hell, any means of recognizing gay couples and homosexual love under the law is fine by me.


  • Melissa

    And that's the way it should be. Why does anyone have a problem with this?

  • Joé McKen

    Because, for all intents and purposes, it's a cop-out. It amounts to sitting on the bus – but only in the back rows of seats. Why not have the same benefits as anyone else who happen to be straight?

  • Melissa


  • Joé McKen

    Nice way to avoid what I said and reply with your own definition of marriage, rather than it's true definition:
    From Google Dictionary:
    <p><span>• the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce); "a long and happy marriage"; "God bless this union"</span>
    <p><span>• two people who are married to each other; "his second marriage was happier than the first"; "a married couple without love"</span>
    <p><span>• the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony; "their marriage was conducted in the chapel"</span>
    <p><span>• a close and intimate union; "the marriage of music and dance"; "a marriage of ideas"</span>
    <p><span>A bear isn't a dog even if you call it a dog, dear. It's still a bear.</span>
    <p><span>And because you'll need clarification for that: you don't get to choose what marriage means, just because it's what you want it to be. Marriage is a union between two people in love who want to live together for the rest of their lives. Nothing more. Any other definitions are ancillary.</span>

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