Nevada lawmakers have passed two pro-equality bills–one outlawing job discrimination based on sexual orientation and one establishing domestic partnership rights for same-sex couples.
Both bills were sponsored by Sen. David Parks (pictured), Nevada’s only openly gay legislator. But Gov. Jim Gibbons said he plans to veto the domestic partner legislation, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal:
Gibbons spokesman Daniel Burns said the governor has several reasons for his veto.
“The governor believes that government has no business in your medicine chest or your bedroom,” Burns said. “He also believes there are existing contracts that can be created, so no change to the law is needed. If there are people who want to be domestic partners, they can do so under existing laws.
“He is also mindful of the fact that voters of this state on two occasions have said that marriage is between a man and a woman, and it’s part of our Constitution.”
A constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2000 and 2002 certifies marriage in the state can only be between a man and a woman.
Parks said the bill specifically says domestic partnership is not a marriage and said a review of the bill by the Legislature’s legal division concurs.
Parks, a former Victory Fund endorsee, said he believes he will have the votes to override the governor’s veto.