Senate Panel Amends, Passes Gay Marriage Bill

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A measure to allow gay marriage in Nevada has passed a legislative committee, the first step on a long road to repealing a ban enacted by voters a decade ago.

Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections approved the measure on a 3-2 party line vote Thursday. It not only repeals the state's heterosexual definition of marriage, but says Nevada recognizes all marriages regardless of gender.

Because it is a constitutional amendment, the measure must be approved by the Legislature this year and in 2015 before it would go to voters in 2016 for ratification. Supporters said they'll keep up their campaign for passage.

Democrats hold majorities in both the state Senate and Assembly, and passage of the bill seems likely.