Nevada Becomes First U.S. State To Protect Same-Sex Marriage In Its Constitution

Nevada has become the first state in the nation to protect same-sex marriage in its Constitution.

On Tuesday, a supermajority of voters repealed a 2002 amendment that had defined marriage as between one man and one woman.

“Marriage would be defined as between couples, regardless of gender, though religious organizations and clergypersons would have the right to refuse to solemnize a marriage,” read Question 2.

The New York Times reports that 61.2 percent of voters supported this new definition of marriage, versus 38.8 percent, with 86 percent of votes reported Wednesday evening.

The Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision, which brought marriage equality to every U.S. state — has recently been placed in doubt after the formation of a 6-3 conservative majority following Amy Coney Barrett’s swearing-in last month.

Support for same-sex marriage hit a new record high in the U.S. recently.

A new Gallup poll found that 67 percent of Americans are in favor of same-sex marriage.