Quote of the Day

headshot of Sen. Atkinson"I am a black, gay male."—Nevada State Senator Kelvin Atkinson (D), on the floor of the Nevada Senate yesterday, during a debate preceding a vote in which the Senate "voted 12-9 to repeal the state's 2002 amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman and replace it with language requiring the recognition of all marriages between two people, 'regardless of gender'."
In addition to out LGBT Sens. David Parks and Pat Spearman, Sen. Kelvin Atkinson declared on the floor during the debate, "I am a black, gay male." Because he was speaking about his sexual orientation publicly for the first time Monday night, he said he had heard negative comments about the marriage amendment repeal from others prior to the vote. But, he said, "People should mind their business and allow people to do what they want to do."

...The bill will now go to the state Assembly. If it passes there, it will have to be passed by the next legislature, which meets in 2015, and then by the people the following year.
This is the beginning of a very long road with an uncertain end, but irrespective of its eventual outcome, what Senator Atkinson did yesterday was important and brave. He will change minds, which is a crucial step in changing the law.

Especially as long as we continue to allow majority votes on minority rights.

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