Reno Gays React To California Decision

By: Daniel Chanin Email
By: Daniel Chanin Email

Barring any major appeals, same-sex couples everywhere will be able to get married in California in 30 days. The landmark decision coming from the Silver State's closest neighbor has many wondering if Nevada will follow suit.

Even if same sex couples from Nevada do decide to get married in the Golden State, it doesn't mean it will be recognized here. But the local gay community says it's still a step in the right direction.

"I really hope Nevada follows suit," says Jenny O, who is gay and opted to have her last name withheld. "California is our neighbor. Hopefully, in the next legislation or with a new president, maybe the whole country can follow that path."

If the legislation goes through, California would be the second state to allow same-sex couples to marry. Massachusetts passed legislation in 2004, but only offers unions to residents. California has no such requirement, meaning thousands of gay couples will likely flock to the Golden State if the Supreme Court ruling is upheld.

"There's going to be plenty of people running over there," says Jenny O. "Especially because a lot of individual corporations, all you need is a marriage license to be on people's insurance. So, whether it's ok here or not people are still going to get them."

But, according to a member of the Nevada ACLU, the Silver State does not have to recognize a same-sex marriage license from California and the benefits that would come with it.

One local activist, who was born in Fallon says he's confident Nevada will one day allow gay marriage, but it will take time. However, he's willing to stick around until that day comes; and he's encouraging others to do the same.

"my feeling is this: if everyone moves there, then there won't be people in the other states to fight for marriage equality," says Dean Austin. "So, I feel like i want to stay here to fight to make the rest of the country just like California and Massachusetts."

There's still a possibility that California could draft a constitutional amendment in the fall that would ban same-sex marriage. Twenty-six other states have already approved that legislation.


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