New amendment to Nevada gay marriage bill

Molly Waldron

New amendment to Nevada gay marriage bill

CREATED Apr. 19, 2013

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- The Nevada Senate, on a strict party-line vote, amended a proposal seeking to clear the way for gay marriage in Nevada.

An amendment offered by Democratic Sen. Pat Spearmen of North Las Vegas inserts language ensuring churches and clergy would not have to solemnize same-sex unions.

The move is also designed to ease the political angst of some lawmakers to secure votes and keep the measure alive. The amendment passed on an 11-10 vote.

Senate Joint Resolution 13 as a whole must still be voted on in the Senate. The resolution seeks to repeal a constitutional measure passed by voters in 2002 defining marriage as between a man and a woman. SJR13 needs to be approved by lawmakers this year and in 2015. It would then go to voters in 2016.