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Nevada Senator and Devout Catholic Kelvin Atkinson Comes Out During Gay Marriage Vote

| by Emily Smith
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Nevada Senator and devout Catholic Kelvin Atkinson came out on Monday night during a vote to repeal the state’s ban on gay marriage.

“If this hurts your marriage,” Atkinson said, “then your marriage was in trouble in the first place.”

Opponent Senator Mark Hutchinson argued that, until a year ago, Obama held the same view on marriage equality as Nevada’s Senate Republicans. “I do not recall [Obama’s] supporters labeling him as intolerant”, he said, in response to the lack of Republican sympathy after Atkinson’s emotional speech. The error here is that Obama did not oppose marriage equality, but rather withheld his opinion on it.

After Atkinson’s admission, members of the Senate began to share stories of their own experiences.

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Senator Pat Spearman spoke passionately about her experience as a black woman in the Deep South, emphasizing that separate and equal are not one in the same.

Moron Senator Justin Jones called attention to his brother-in-law during the vote, saying: "I would rather lose an election than look my brother-in-law in the eye every Sunday and tell him he doesn’t have the same rights as I do.”

The vote passed 12-9, and could reinstate the right to marry for all people regardless of gender. Public voting of the repeal could begin in 2016.

Sources: ThinkProgress, USAToday