In November, Nevada will be voting on a bill to remove the definition of marriage as meaning between one man and one woman from the state constitution.
According to The Christian Post, Nevada was one of 30 states to ban same-sex marriage before the Obergefell vs. Hodges Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage. But now, if Joint Resolution 2 passes in November, their constitution will be rewritten to enforce the Supreme Court ruling.
According to the Legislative Counsel's digest, "This resolution amends Section 21 of Article 1 of the Nevada Constitution to require the State of Nevada and its political subdivisions to recognize all marriages regardless of gender. In addition, this resolution establishes the rights of religious organizations and members of the clergy to refuse to perform marriages on the basis of gender or other factors, and specifically provides that a person does not have a right to make a claim against a religious organization or member of the clergy for refusing to perform a marriage.”
The Legislative Counsel’s digest continues, ‘This resolution further provides that all legally valid marriages must be treated equally under the law."
However, that isn't everything the bill will do. The text of the bill states it will "amend the Nevada Constitution to require the recognition of all marriages regardless of gender." This means it could be possible to marry people who identify as different genders than they are.
The bill still allows clergy to refuse to solemnize a marriage. So even though the state will have to license a same sex marriage, pastors and other religious teachers who disagree with homosexuality are free to refuse to hold a marriage ceremony.
The vote will take place on November 3rd, when the entire country will vote for President. It will be on the Nevada ballot.
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John Paluska has been a contributor for Christian Headlines since 2016 and is the founder of The Washington Gazette, a news outlet he relaunched in 2019 as a response to the constant distribution of fake news.