The Senate has overridden the veto of Gov. Jim Gibbons on the controversial bill [SB283] to provide certain legal rights to domestic partners.

The vote was 14-7 and the bill goes to the Assembly. Fourteen votes were needed for the two-thirds majority to override the veto of the governor.

Sen. David Parks, D-Las Vegas, said this bill is about “equality and fairness.” This allows domestic partners, either of the same or opposite sex, the same rights and duties as marriage couples….

The bill was approved 26-14 in the Assembly the first time. Supporters need two additional votes to get the two-thirds majority.

Rock on Nevada!  Woot!  In related news, the New Hampshire marriage bill comes up for it’s final vote this week, June 3rd.  Another white knuckle ride.

UPDATE:  Mad Professah adds in the comments:

If you know anyone in Nevada, ask them to call their Assemblyperson and tell them to vote in favor of a veto override. In northern Nevada: 775-684-6800; in southern Nevada: 702-486-2626. Response of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada

The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada applauds the NV State Senate on its veto override of SB283, The Nevada Domestic Partnership Registry Act. This is the most significant vote for equality by the Legislature since they ratified suffrage in 1920.  We commend Senator David Parks for his leadership and all those Senators who showed courage in supporting it. The Act, which was vetoed by the Governor, was overridden by a vote of 14-7 in the Senate. We look forward to a successful veto override in the assembly tomorrow. “The only way for our State to treat its citizens is as equals under the law. This will go a long way in helping Nevada’s families. This was a resounding rejection of the Governor’s intolerance and it is wonderful to finally have something to celebrate,” said Jan Gilbert, PLAN Lobbyist. This is a tremendous step forward and we will continue the struggle for true equality under the law for all Nevada’s families.

Response of The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada

Gay and Lesbian Community Praises Nevada Senate for Overriding Governor’s Veto of Domestic Partner Bill

(Las Vegas–May 30, 2009)  Today, the Nevada State Senate overrode Governor Gibbons veto of SB 283– The Domestic Partner Bill.  With this override vote, fair-minded State Senators confirm that relationships between any two committed, consenting adults deserve the rights, recognitions and protections under Nevada law.

14 Senators voted to override of the Governor’s veto: Steven A. Horsford; David R. Parks; Mike McGinness; Dennis Nolan; Bob Coffin; Maggie Carlton; Michael A. Schneider; Valerie Wiener; Dean A. Rhoads; Shirley A. Breeden; Bernice Mathews; Joyce Woodhouse; Allison Copening; and Randolph J. Townsend.

“Today, we are one step closer to legally recognizing committed couples in Nevada who currently cannot get married or choose not to get married, but want the opportunity to recognize their relationships under State Law and the protections that will provide them,” said Tod Story, Gay and Lesbian Community Center Board Member.

The Assembly considers overriding the veto next, where it is also expected to achieve the two-thirds vote necessary for override.

Laurel Ramseyer

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