Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Many Surprises in #SJR13 #NVLeg Marriage Equality Hearing

As we discussed earlier, the SJR 13 marriage equality hearing in the Nevada Legislature. And this hearing was full of surprises! One happened in the beginning, when Senator Ben Kieckhefer (R-Reno) testified in favor of SJR 13 and expressed his confidence that Nevada truly has been evolving on marriage equality.

Kieckhefer's surprise appearance raised many eyebrows in the room. Even typically conservative Senator James Settlemeyer (R-Minden) seemed to warm up to SJR 13. And not even Senator Barbara Cegavske (R-Spring Valley) really challenged him.

Another fascinating surprise occurred when Beverly Sevcik and her wife, Mary, appeared to testify. Sevcik, of course, is the lead plaintiff in the federal law suit on marriage equality in Nevada.

She was just one of many citizens in Carson City and Las Vegas to testify on SJR 13. Another citizen to testify was Paul Gibson. He's an ordained minister and works in a Lutheran church in Sparks. He's also openly gay.

And these were just a few of the many of testified for marriage equality today. There were Republicans. There were people of faith. There were parents. There were small business owners. There were Nevadans of many walks of life.

And there's even more of today's hearing to share. Yes, it was really that explosive.

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