Nevada Voters Overjoyed at Constitutional Protection of Same-Sex Marriages
Sophia Day and Kira Hankel report on voters reacting to the passing of Nevada Ballot Question 2, making the state the first in the country to amend its constitution to protect same-sex marriages.
LGBTQ+ Community Response
University of Nevada, Reno student, and member of the LGBTQ+ community, Lauryn Drake, says that the passing of Ballot Question 2 was like a breath of fresh air to know her rights are protected in her home state.
“Nevada was able to come together and grant constitutional protection over a minorities’ rights which is a big win,” said Drake.
She said that it is a step in the right direction for a nation that is struggling with moving forward. “I think the United States needs to move forward progressively by being more accepting of all different groups,” Drake said. “I don’t feel like [the passing] of Question 2 caused too much of an uproar, but there were still many thousands of people that voted no.”
With over 820-thousand or 62% going for the Yes on the ballot question, Nevada has now become the first state to enshrine same sex marriage in its constitution.
Proud Students Hoping Nevada’s Example will Spread
Another UNR student, Katerina Kane, born and raised in Las Vegas, says she is overjoyed to live in a state that passed the law.
“I am proud to be living in a place where the people in our community can now feel that they belong and that they don’t have to worry about discriminatory language in our constitution,” she said. “I think that every state should follow in Nevada’s footsteps in the future and pass this same question on their ballots.”
“Almost all my life, Nevada’s constitution only permitted marriage between men and women, but now it’s changed, and I believe it’s a good change,” said Julia Birch, an ally of the LGBTQ+ community, also born and raised in Nevada. She’s recently moved to Utah and hopes one day to see a change in Utah’s constitution regarding same-sex marriage.
“I’m proud to be from Nevada, as we are the first state to pass a law in the state constitution to protect same sex marriage,” said another Nevadan, Jennifer Bravo. “I’m an ally because I have a lot of friends in the LGBTQ+ community and I see the struggle and the lack of rights in regards to marriage that they have, and I’m pleased to see my friends being able to be who they are and be able to unite in marriage in Nevada now.”
The passing of Question 2 will officially recognize all marriages regardless of gender and ensure all marriages are treated equally in the state of Nevada.
“Question 2 being passed gives me hope for my future relationship and potential of having a happy and healthy family. It gives me a sense of relief to be able to be who I am and love who I want, openly,” said Drake.
Reporting by Sophia Day and Kira Hankel for the Reynolds Sandbox