According to AFP, Nevada, overturning a 18 year ban, has become to first state
in the United States to enshrine in its constitution the right of marriage for
The measure was put to voters during the recent presidential
election held on November 3, and the final results were published recently.
62 percent of voters approved ‘Marriage regardless of Gender
Amendment’, with 38 opposing it, as per the Nevada secretary of state’s office.
“It feels good that we let the voters decide,” AFP quoted Chris Davin,
the CEO of advocacy group Equality Nevada, as saying.
According to Davin, the move will come as a boost in morale
for the LGBTQ community in the state, especially as the current US Supreme Court
with a Conservative majority has a good chance of revoking the ruling protecting
same-sex marriage on a federal level.
In 2002, a referendum was passed in Nevada stating a
marriage to be a union between ‘a male and a female person.’
On June 2015 the US Supreme Court struck down on all state
level bans on same-sex marriage.
However, the new measure allows for religious organizations
and clergy in the state to refuse to perform a marriage.