Nevada state Senator Kelvin Atkinson, who famously came out during a marriage equality debate, is a very special guest tonight on Clay Cane Live 10 PM to Midnight.
Clay and company will also talk about Jason Collins and Tony nominations. Join the conversation at 212.868.0975 and on Twitter @ClayCane.
The Nevada state Senate just passed a same-sex marriage bill, by a vote of 12-9. The bill, which puts marriage on the ballot in 2016, removes the state ban on same-sex marriage and adds language including all marriages, “regardless of gender,” still need to be voted upon by the Nevada House.
Lawmakers would have to pass the bill again in 2015, before a people’s vote the following year.
During debate, as usual, there were many impassioned and eloquent speeches, and some less eloquent and impassioned, like that of Republican Mark Hutchison, who said he would be voting “no” because of his faith — as if there were no separation of church and state.
But the most exhilarating moment came when Democratic state senator Kelvin Atkinson announced for the first time publicly, “I am a black gay male and I know some of you have never heard me say that.”
Read more on The New Civil Rights Movement.