Nevada Gov. Gibbons Vetoes Domestic Partnership Bill

On Monday, the Republican Governor of Nevada, Jim Gibbons, vetoed a bill that would have given domestic partners, whether gay or straight, many of the rights and benefits that Nevada offers to married couples. The Governor based his decision that Senate Bill Bill 283 which would have extended to domestic partners "nearly all of the rights, protections, benefits, and privileges currently available to married persons" was of "suspect constitutionality." In the Governor's view because the voters have determined that the rights of marriage should only apply to married couples that therefore only the voters should be able to determine if those rights should equally apply to domestic partners.

The measure would have prohibited discrimination against domestic partners, and given them the same community property and debt rights as married couples but Governor Gibbons holds that domestic partners can sign private contracts to accomplish many of the goals of the law. It is unclear whether the Nevada Legislature can override the veto. Still, Harrah's Entertainment has called for an override. According to the San Jose Mercury News, the casino giant "pointed to an estimated $700 billion in buying power among potential lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender customers." The bill also has support from the powerful Nevada Resort Association.

The full statement from Governor Jim Gibbons is here (pdf.)

Tags: Governor Jim Gibbons, LGBT Issues, Nevada (all tags)

Comments

10 Comments

Well, Republicans stand for Bigotry....

While Democratic Governors stand for equal rights for all Americans...

http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ekti d84697.asp

This is just Gibbons kissing the butt of the RR and the base.

Hopefully he gets a good Democratic challenger to take him out of office...

by WashStateBlue 2009-05-26 10:02AM | 0 recs
Re: Well, Republicans stand for Bigotry....

Except so do a lot of national Democrats too.

by bruh3 2009-05-26 10:24AM | 0 recs
by DTOzone 2009-05-26 04:39PM | 0 recs
Of course we're talking about Reid territory here

This is of course, a state that has legalized prostitution and gambling but isn't going to get around to legalizing the right for two people who happened to be born same sex, the right to have marital squabbles.

What is needed is a revolution in the way we
think about this. I think I have an answer to this.

More to come.

by Trey Rentz 2009-05-26 10:28AM | 0 recs
Re: Of course we're

Minor correction, prostitution isn't legal in all of NV, just certain counties. Though it should be as well as gay marriage.

by werd2406 2009-05-26 09:11PM | 0 recs
Note on strategy

There's a finite chance veto override happens  and thats a good focus point, letting the media blitz on the SC appt. wash over all this prop 8 stuff and the nevada stuff.

I am going to be the one to say nobody will notice today. The SC appt. is huge.

The important thing if you get hit, and knocked down. Is to get back up again.  And see if you can't find a baseball bat...

by Trey Rentz 2009-05-26 10:39AM | 0 recs
Re: Nevada Gov. Gibbons Veto

And this surprises anyone how?  This is the WingNut that proposed the State Constitutional amendment that he cited to veto the bill.

Just wait until he gets to veto the bi-partisan State Budget (Thursday).  

The real problem here is that Jimbo is just the best damm recruiting tool Democrats have ever had.  His clown act is turning all but the lunatic fringe into Democrats, or at least Independents.  (Safety note about the lunatic fringe, they're well armed.) Dems won't impeach him, we're having too much fun watching the R's fracture and break out into open warfare.  

by NvDem 2009-05-26 11:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Nevada Gov. Gibbons Veto

You're kidding me. That's surreal.

Thanks for the insight. Hope you get the chance to keep us informed on all the comings and goings in the Silver State.

by Charles Lemos 2009-05-26 01:36PM | 0 recs
Gibbons to the right of Miss California

Wow, even Carrie Prejean thinks gays "should have some rights, you know, hospital rights, and things like that."

by barack to the future 2009-05-26 01:17PM | 0 recs
Worst Governor in America

No, it's not Palin or Jindal...but Gibbons truly is the worst Governor in America. It's really been like...an empty suit in the mansion. He is clueless. Absolutely clueless. Dems KNEW this, Republicans now know this. I've talked to several high-involved Republicans in NV politics and they all are saying he's an idiot and should step down once his term is over. Likely not to happen thankfully. He has made a Democratic governor almost a sure thing next year. Possibly Harry Reid's kid, possibly someone else.

by werd2406 2009-05-26 09:09PM | 0 recs

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