In Nevada, we have just proven the strength of democracy. Eighteen years after having reserved the institution of marriage for heterosexual couples only, the voters of the small desert state in the United States have overwhelmingly voted for the abolition of this measure and the inclusion in the Constitution of the State of the recognition of unions between spouses of the same sex.
This referendum, organized on the sidelines of the presidential election as is customary in the United States, garnered more than 62% of favorable votes according to the final results published in recent days. The move makes Nevada the first US state to recognize and protect same-sex marriage in its Constitution, local media reported. A Copernican revolution in the land of Indians and slot machines.
“Question number 2” of that vote asked voters whether they wanted to remove a provision, passed in 2002, that “only marriage between a man and a woman can be recognized” in Nevada. Homosexual couples had to wait until the end of 2014 and a decision of the Supreme Court, the highest American court, to obtain the recognition of their union – at the federal level only – in Nevada and about thirty other states.
Recognize and treat all marriages the same
The amendment further obliges Nevada and its institutions to recognize and treat all marriages equally, regardless of the gender of the individuals they unite. For supporters of the measure, it is an additional guarantee for homosexuals in the event that the Supreme Court – where the conservatives now enjoy a clear majority – reverse its decision. Not the kind of decision backed by Donald Trump’s campaign.
A caveat, however, for same-sex couples. The referendum establishes the right for religious organizations and members of the state’s clergy to refuse to perform same-sex marriages without incurring legal action. This provision is based on the famous “First amendment” dear to Americans, which guarantees freedom of expression but also religious freedom. So not sure that they can get married elsewhere than in a chapel with an Elvis double as a vicar, in the style of Las Vegas.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr