The Nevada Assembly saw debate on AJR2 during its March 9 session before the vote was called for by Speaker Jason Frierson being passed along party lines 27-15 with 1 excused. The bill now will be referred to the state Senate where it will be referred to The Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections. A public hearing before the committee will be scheduled.
Assembly Nelson Araujo (D-Clark) presented the case for passage of AJR2 citing testimony given by “The Karens” and Zack Roberts, who has two mothers. Araujo closed his statement with “We (legislators) must do whatever we can to protect love!”
Assemblymen Paul Anderson (D-Clark), Chris Edwards (D-Clark) and John Hambrick (D-Clark) said they did not tolerate discrimination but would be voting against AJR2. Edwards went on to say his constituents were overwhelming opposed to AJR2 and has contacted him saying so. During public testimony both in person and via the legislature’s online share your opinion, AJR2 was overwhelming supported.
Freshman Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner (R-Washoe) broke with her party’s stance on same-gender marriage taking to the floor to cite the U.S. Constitution and support AJR2.
This story is ongoing through the 2017 Legislative session.