Now this is major. The Nevada Assembly and Senate vote to override anti-gay, Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons' veto and to allow domestic partnerships, gay and straight, that offer many of the same benefits of married couples, the AP reports.
The Assembly's 28-14 vote was the bare two-thirds majority needed and followed the state Senate's override 14-7—also the bare two-thirds majority—a day earlier. Sen. Dennis Nolan, R-Las Vegas, voted against the bill the first time it appeared in the Senate. Nolan changed his vote and says he received many calls that were 'ugly, vulgar and threatening messages' from people who opposed the bill. Nolan tells the Review-Journal: "Those kinds of calls do not mesh with 'the Christian beliefs I was brought up with."
The casino industry lobbied heavily for this bill. Jan Jones, senior vice president of Harrah's Entertainment, which offers benefits to partners of gay employees, told The Advocate on Tuesday: "Most of us in Nevada absolutely support gay and lesbian rights. This is a big fight. We're not ready to give up. We want to override the veto. We’re not walking away from you; don’t walk away from us."
The anti-gay, scandal-plagued and highly unpopular Gibbons vetoed the bill to, in his words, "protect marriage" in the state of Nevada. Gibbons is currently being divorced by his wife, First Lady Dawn Gibbons, and accused of having multiple affairs.