Voters in Nevada on Tuesday repealed a 2002 measure that defined marriage in the state constitution as a union of one man and one woman.
The Associated Press reported that 61.2% of voters voted to strike the constitutional provision, with 75% of votes reported.
The measure will require the State of Nevada and its political subdivisions to recognize marriages and issue licenses to “couples, regardless of gender.”
The state already follows the definition of marriage mandated by the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges. By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court required that all states allow same-sex unions legally recognized as marriages.
Nevada’s 2020 ballot measure recognized the rights of clergy and religious organizations to refuse to perform a marriage.
The legal redefinition of marriage has posed significant religious freedom problems for religious organizations, schools, social services, adoption agencies, businesses and individuals that do not recognize same-sex unions as marriages.
Question 2 was placed on the 2020 Nevada ballot after two consecutive sessions of the state legislature voted to place it there.
The above comes from a Nov. 4 story with the Catholic News Agency.