The Nevada Senate has advanced a resolution that would place on the 2020 ballot the question of whether the state Constitution should be amended to remove language recognizing marriage as being solely between a man and a woman, and replace it with text that essentially states that gender is irrelevant in marriage. Assembly Joint Resolution 2 passed 19-2 on Monday after language was added prohibiting the punishment of pastors who decline to officiate ceremonies that are violative of their faith.

“The State of Nevada and its political subdivisions shall recognize marriages and issue marriage licenses to couples regardless of gender,” the proposed amendment reads. “Religious organizations and members of the clergy have the right to refuse to solemnize a marriage, and no person has the right to make any claim against a religious organization or member of the clergy for such a refusal.” READ MORE