PLAN: "The Sooner the Better" for Same-Sex Marriage

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RENO, NV - Though same-sex marriage licenses aren't being issued in Nevada just yet, lobbyists with the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, or PLAN, are hopeful it won't be long before gay couples will be allowed to marry here.

"We've been ecstatic here at PLAN," lobbyist Stacey Shinn said. "Our organization was actually founded on gay rights issues 20 years ago so this has been a long road and a hard battle."

Many same-sex couples had hoped to marry on Wednesday but a last-minute stay put a stop to that. It's unclear exactly when these licenses will be issued.

One of PLAN's member groups, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada, is awaiting the next step as well.

"They support same-sex couples right to marry and they've been alongside us during this journey," Shinn said.

Sandra VanScott of the Antique Angel Wedding Chapel in downtown Reno says they're looking forward to the chance to hold weddings for gay couples.

"That would be a huge boost because weddings have really gone down," VanScott said. "People aren't getting married as much as they used to because of their budgets. But I feel love is hard enough to find and it shouldn't matter who you fall in love with, you should be able to marry the person you're with. So if you're happy, come see us, we'll make you happier."

She says it would be a boost for a lot of local businesses because many of these couples have been thinking about getting married for years and want to do it the right way.

"We had an economic study done to show how much we are going to benefit from couples coming to our state to get married," Shinn said. "Especially when you look at Las Vegas being one of the marriage capitals of the world. We expect to see a bit increase in revenue from allowing same-sex marriage here."

She says the last 24 hours have been a roller coaster.

"Between thinking we were going to have marriages today because the AG talked to the clerks and said to start issuing certificates to the Supreme Court stay because of Idaho's Governor; procedurally we're still hung up but we're very optimistic that we will have equal marriage in Nevada soon. We don't know exactly when but the sooner the better."