“If you know one of us you can’t hate us,” said State Senator Pat Spearman, who is GLBT, at a forum on continuing the move towards Marriage Equality in Nevada. The process began in the 2013 legislative session and will continue in the 2015 session. Senate Joint Resolution 13 (SJR13) must be approved again in 2015 session before finally moving to a vote of the people in 2016.
“By building alliances and coalitions we can all work together to make the progressive things that need to happen a reality,” Senator Pat Spearman said to those gathered.
The Washoe Democrats hosted a Sunday Brunch Forum October 20, featuring State Senators Debbie Smith (D-Washoe County), Assistant Senate floor Majority leader and Pat Spearman, (D-Clark County) a freshman Senator who chaired the Committee on Operations and Elections Committee, and State Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle (D-Reno). Sen. Spearman spoke to members of the Northern Nevada GLBTIQ community about the need to organize now for the next session, as surely the opposition is already organizing to fight after being broadsided in the last legislative session.
Many in the political arena believe that attitudes and perceptions regarding marriage equality have and continue to change within the Silver State. Members of Spectrum Northern Nevada, Transgender Alliance Group (TAG), Build Our Center (BOC), one of the couples involved in the Sevick (et al) v. Sandoval decision, and members of the GLBTIQ community were at the forum to discuss the direction of Marriage Equality in Nevada. The forum was held at The Daily Bagel restaurant with a nice brunch hosted by Senator Smith.
Also of Note: The Sevick vs. Sandoval appeal in the 9th District Court of Appeals is moving forward. The appeal seeks to overturn a Nevada Federal Court Judges decision to uphold Nevada’s constitutional ban on same gender marriage. The suit claims the rights of same gender partners in Nevada are violated under the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment. Eight Nevada couples are part of the suit.
Read the full story in the November issue of therenogaypage.