Nevada Formally Recognizes Obergefell

The Associated Press reports:

Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed into law a bill revising Nevada’s domestic-relations statutes to reflect the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 decision legalizing same-sex marriage. The bill signed Friday by Sandoval authorizes the marriage of two people, regardless of gender. The bill also revises Nevada state laws to give same-sex couples the same parental rights as couples consisting of a man and a woman.

Earlier this month Sandoval signed Nevada’s ban on ex-gay torture.

  • Bravo Nevada! Took you long enough, but it still puts you ahead of Nebraska. We’re still fighting the parental rights & adoption/foster battle here.

    • Silver Badger

      Take heart! As bad as Nebraska can be, and it can be very bad, at least it’s not Kansas!

      • That thought often consoles me.

      • Or Indiana, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Montana…..

    • Ninja0980

      Made all the worse IMO because the governor leading the charge on that has a lesbian sister.

    • Jeffrey

      Actually Sandoval was for gay marriage for a while. Nevada had to wait to recognize Obergefell until legislature met. He pushed our dem Attorney general not to enforce ban on gay marriage. He’s a republican that I did and would vote for again.

  • cleos_mom

    Took ’em only two years; next week, they’ll work on the names of colors and the letter “L”.

    • Sebastian

      Given that many people dont see the point in using time/money to revise laws that for practical purposes dont need to be revised and given how many other states have not and likely will not anytime soon do this, Id say it actually is a nice gesture and positive step

      • cleos_mom

        Nice gestures are — nice.

        But they did do the right thing.

      • In too many cases, the “practical purposes” are leaving the laws on the books as a means of harassing disfavored minorities.

      • Hue-Man

        In 2016, a Canadian judge convicted a murderer under a section of the Criminal Code that the Supreme Court had found unconstitutional. The judge changed his ruling but I believe the appeals for a mistrial or acquittal are still under way.

        On a side note, when the Federal government introduced legislation to repeal “zombie” laws, the Conservatives were outraged that the abortion law which was found unconstitutional in 1988 was included.

      • cowboyinbrla

        A couple of years ago, Sebastian, sheriff’s deputies in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, were using this state’s laws against sodomy to sting men seeking private, consensual sex, arresting them. As persons arrested, they appeared on the docket of people arrested printed in the local newspaper in its “crime” section. The District Attorney correctly refused to prosecute the cases, but the damage was done. As long as such laws remain on the books, even in an unenforceable status, they present an opportunity for law enforcement to harass gay men and lesbians.

    • Rillion

      The Nevada legislature meets for only a 120 days starting in February of the odd years. So the SCOTUS decision came down at the very end of the 2015 session. So this is actually pretty fast when taking into account the legislative calendar. It was done in the first regular legislative session that convened after the decision.

  • FAEN

    Did they have a choice?

    • David Milley

      Today, no, but it takes Nevada a step away from denying our marriages if Trumppence continue to have their way with the court system and overturn or eviscerate the Obergefell decision. I’ll take it as progress.

      • FAEN

        Understood. I don’t see how they get rid of Obergefell but I’ll take progress whenever I can.

        • Boreal

          It only takes the loss of one liberal justice and a new hater suit heard by SCOTUS.

          • FAEN

            I realize we have to be always be vigilant, now more than ever, but what would they put forth as standing? And what would happen to the millions that have already married? I don’t think they can get rid of Obergefell but I AM afraid they’ll try and chip away at it and make it more difficult to get married specially in the South.

          • Boreal

            I don’t think RW justices care much about standing when it comes to their side.

          • FAEN

            You’re correct about that. Still, I don’t see how they put the genie back in the bottle.

          • Ninja0980

            Or logic in overturning marriage equality, as Alito and Thomas have made clear.

          • canoebum

            States amending their statutes to recognize equal marriage does make it more difficult to overturn Obergefell. If the states recognize equal marriage and the Federal government does not, the disharmony would create severe complications in the administration of government programs at all levels. The court might be reluctant to throw a huge monkey wrench into works. They prefer to be seen as creating order, not chaos.

          • Boreal

            Well we know all of the states will not recognize for a long time. The old confederacy being the most egregious offender, so we still have to worry.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Took awhile, but it’s done. Good. Now on to other more pressing matters: how to impeach 45 now.

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    • Henry Auvil

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    • Ross

      Fabulous. Brilliant. True!

    • bkmn

      Once again, the GOP is destabilizing the world.

    • JT

      He needs a change.

      • Don’t know about him, nor do i care, but WE need a change and now.

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  • TheManicMechanic

    Gee, thanks for, you know, accepting settled law and all that. It’s about time. And, I guess, thanks for not being Alabammy or Mississippi or some other southern hellhole.

    • Hank

      You mean the States that still have Segregation on the books???? /s

    • Jeffrey

      Actually this story is misleading. Sandoval was for gay marriage before. He had to wait for legislature to meet to make it official. We here in Las Vegas are very happy with our republican governor.

  • 5moreminutes*imtired

    And Drive-thru Wedding Chapel Elvis says, “Duh”.

  • Henry Auvil

    In a world that’s careening backwards, we have to be grateful for every little step forward.

  • Boreal
    • TuuxKabin
      • Boreal

        Forgot all about them.

      • Never heard of this group….I really need to get out more.

        • TuuxKabin

          Well, they’re not ’round any more, in fact I think Dan Hicks recently died. Last year. Their concerts were intimate and were like being in a party.

  • SoCalGal20

    Thank you, Nevada!

    Now, Indiana OTOH, just passed a voter law the other day that will go into effect this summer that will use Crosscheck (Kris Kobach’s heinous voter disenfranchisement tool) to kick people off the voter rolls.

    • As someone who lived in Indiana until 19, this does not surprise me one tiny wee bit.

  • TuuxKabin

    The Sandoval family originally lived in the place named Sandoval in the province of Burgos. This place-name was originally Sannoval, which was originally derived from the Latin word “saltus,” which means “grove” or “wood,” and “novalis,” which refers to newly cleared land.

    Out with the old, in with the new, thank you Governor Sandoval.

    • perversatile

      The loveliest Sandoval of them all… Hope Sandoval

      • TuuxKabin

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        • perversatile

          It’s my pleasure to do so.

      • TuuxKabin

        gorgeous video. we stayed around for the segue into wild horse. equally as beautiful, visually, her voice and the band. Thank you! Wild Horse always just gets me.

        • Jim Maloney

          Wild Horses is beautiful and stops you in your tracks. It’s actually The Sundays.

          • TuuxKabin

            Good to know. Thank you.

  • Tasker

    The Nevada legislature only meets every 2 years. That’s why it hasn’t been done before now.

    • Jim Maloney

      True. Though at the time Obergefell became law, the Republicans were in control of the Assembly and State Senate, and I highly doubt they would’ve sent this bill to Sandoval to sign. Sandoval is a Republican but has shown himself to be fair and sign LGBT-positive legislation. The Democrats won both the Assembly and State Senate last November and have been advancing their agenda sending bills like this and the anti-LGBT therapy bill to Sandoval to sign.

  • Hank
  • olandp

    So, not all Republicans are irredeemable. He better watch himself, they may throw him out of the party.

  • Robincho

    I haven’t the vegas idea why this took so long, but thanks anyway…

    • David Milley


    • Nevada’s legislature meets every other year.

  • netxtown

    Finally! Now I can drop some coin in their slot machines and not feel so much of a hypocrit….

  • another_steve


    Welcome to the 21st Century, Nevada.

  • RyanInIllinois
  • Sam

    On another note, Nevada has also started the process of repealing their defunct constitutional ban on gay marriage. The constitutional amendment was approved this session. If approved again in 2019, voters will decide on the matter in the 2020 election.

  • marachne

    I continental to be pleasantly surprised by this new home of mine, particularly up here in the traditionally more conservative north. The university having a strong presence doesn’t hurt. Not related in any way other than through my intersections, pleased that NPS have full scopepisode and independent pract6, and this year weregranted the ability to sign POLST forms. New newly elected Democratic majority is making a difference. Next year the governorship is a non-encumbant election, and Heller is also up. Interesting times.

    • Jeffrey

      We are down in Las Vegas. 19 years now.

  • teedofftaxpayer

    Since the same-sex marriage ban is in the Nevada State Constitution, the state will have to have two votes of the people to repeal it. It will be interesting to see what the results will be since we have a large Mormon population.

  • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

    I’m a Nevadan. I post here frequently. I’ve got to follow up on this. Our legislature was (is) coined to remove the odious language from our state constitution. I thought that the move by our legislature meant that the legislation would need to be approved by the voters..twice. Does our governor’s signature on this bill circumvent that? Or is removing the discriminatory language from our state’s constitution a separate issue? Either way this is GREAT news.
    So you know, Nevada did what the rest of our country was SUPPOSED to do. We went for Hillary. We flipped our legislature from red to blue, we passed a common sense gun safety measure ( being dragged through the courts, though) and we made recreational use of marijuana the law of our state. Visit here….OFTEN. We’ve earned your patronage!

    • Wishing I had of moved to Nevada and not Arizona……

      • Jeffrey

        I live in Las Vegas. I love it here and it is a more liberal oasis than people might expect.

        • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

          Yeah….recently…😂. There’s always a lot of heavy lifting to do here.

    • -M-

      I gather this is a law to bring the wording of many relevant state laws in line with the Supreme Court ruling. Repealing the amendment so that Nevada’s constitution’s wording is also in line with the laws of the U.S. is a separate, and I believe ongoing, process of re-amending the state constitution.

      • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

        Thank you.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Yay! Nevada!

    • Rillion

      I did more than visit, I moved to Reno from SF last week.

    • jefe5084

      Thanks dude, for that information. I lived in Boulder City for too many years in a previous life. I am glad to see this state thinking about something other than gambling and how they can get more water for their fountains from the Colorado River.

  • david fairfield

    Great. But still only a handful of states have done this. Those hoping the law will be somehow overturned ignore making it official. The ratio of bigotry vs. human rights continues……

  • jefe5084

    oh cripes, get real Nevada. It’s not all about your corrupt mafia/Saudi economy and using more water than you need from the Colorado River. Jeeeze. get with the F’ing program.