Update 5:40pm: The Assembly will hear the second reading of AJR2 in the General Assembly Session at 11:30am on Wednesday March 8.
Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 2 introduced on February 1 by Assemblyman Nelson Araujo (D-Las Vegas) to amend the Nevada State Constitution, allowing issuance of licenses and recognition of all marriages regardless of gender, was presented to the Assembly speaker today (March 7) with a do pass as amended recommendation by the Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections.
The bill will now face a second reading on the Assembly floor before its third reading and vote on approving as the committee recommended. Should the Assembly vote Aye, the bill would be sent to the Senate. The process it went through in the Assembly would begin on the Senate side. Therenogaypage put in a call into the Speaker of the Assembly’s Office, who sets when bills will be read a second and third time, and are awaiting an response.
In 2013, when SJR 13 was making its ways through the hearings and votes on the floors of the Senate and Assembly, there was much debate on the legislation. This session, when AJR 2 was introduced it is basically a house keeping issue to bring the state’s constitution in line with the SCOTUS June 2015 decision making marriage equality the law of the land.
The change is a five year process that starts with this legislative session and being approved by both houses. It would again go through the same process in 2019, again having to clear both houses. A vote of the people would occur in the general election of 2020 before the change could be permanent protecting marriage equality in Nevada.
This story is ongoing.