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Nevada Legalizes Domestic Partnerships

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These aren’t full marriage rights, but they’re much closer and a strong rebuke of the Governor’s veto.

From CNN:

Nevada is legalizing domestic partnerships, with the state Assembly voting Sunday evening to override a veto by the governor, officials said.

The Assembly voted 28-14 to override Gov. Jim Gibbons’ veto of a domestic partner bill, said Kathy Alden of the chief clerk’s office.

With the vote, Nevada will extend most of the rights given to married couples to couples in domestic partnerships, including those of the same sex. The bill will take effect on October 1.

The Nevada Senate overrode the the governor’s veto 14-7 on Saturday.

So that makes 4 states (Connecticut, Iowa, Maine and Massachusetts) where gay couples either have the right to marry and 1 state where they have very similar rights.

After that, Vermont is set to legalize gay marriage soon, and New York and New Jersey are said to have similar legislation in the pipeline. And I’m betting that California will get something on the ballot and overturn the shame that is Prop 8.

Which states are up after that? Oregon? Washington? Maine?

note: Title fixed. Oops. :-(

  • Tully

    The Maine bill was signed in early May and will go into effect in Septemebr unless a valid “voter’s veto” makes the November ballot. Even if they get the signatures, the voter’s veto has to win on the ballot to stop the bill from going into effect.

  • theWord

    Legazlies – is that Michael Steele speech :-)

  • ExiledIndependent

    Strong rebuke? Rly? Not “…just met the 2/3 majority needed”? Guess that’s the important point between journalists and bloggers. But if you didn’t have an opinion, the site wouldn’t be worth much!

  • Aaron

    Actually as far as California goes, it would seem there was more to the Prop 8 ruling last week than originally thought. Here’s the article over on DailyKos: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/5/26/735571/-Read-page-36.-They-just-cut-Prop-8-to-the-bone

    Also congrats to NV residents on making it one step closer to equality. :)