The process has begun in Nevada to repeal their marriage discrimination amendment, the first of many of these processes that will commence over the next few years as public opinion continues to move to our side. The vote was 12-9 in the Nevada Senate, but the bigger news is that state Senator Kelvin Atkinson (D-North Las Vegas) took the opportunity to come out publicly:
In a particularly emotional moment, Sen. Kelvin Atkinson, D-North Las Vegas, publicly declared for the first time that he is gay.
“I’m black. I’m gay,” Atkinson said in a trembling voice after describing his father’s interracial re-marriage that would have been banned earlier in American history. “I know this is the first time many of you have heard me say that I am a black, gay male.”
Atkinson went on to rebut the argument that gay marriage threatens any other definition of marriage.
“If this hurts your marriage, then your marriage was in trouble in the first place,” he said.
Exactly. I said it yesterday: if us getting married hurts your traditional marriage, your traditional marriage sucks.
Rebecca at Wonkette points out that Kelvin Atkinson is very handsome.