Nevada Marriage Amendment, Question 2 (2002)

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The Nevada Marriage Amendment, also known as Question 2 or the Protection of Marriage Initiative, was an initiated constitutional amendment on the November 7, 2002 election ballot in Nevada, where it was approved.

This was the second vote on proposed amendment, the first being in 2000. The amendment took effect with the second approval by voters.


Circuit court decision

On October 7, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada in a unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel. In it's decision, the court said:

Idaho and Nevada's marriage laws, by preventing same-sex couples from marrying and refusing to recognize same-sex marriages celebrated elsewhere, impose profound legal, financial, social and psychic harms on numerous citizens of those states...These harms are not inflicted on opposite-sex couples.


The decision will likely not be appealed following the Supreme Court's decision to not hear appeals cases from other states on same-sex marriages on October 6, 2014. The decision could potentially strike down bans in Alaska, Arizona and Montana as well.[2]

Following the ruling, Idaho filed an emergency request for an immediate stay. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy temporarily blocked the circuit court's ruling on October 8, 2014.[3]

Election results

Question 2 (Marriage)
Approveda Yes 337,197 67.20%

Official results via: Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau - Research Division

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Shall the Nevada Constitution be amended to provide that: "Only a marriage between a male and female person shall be recognized and given effect in this state?"[4]

The language that appeared in the voter's guide:

The proposed amendment, if passed, would create a new section to Article 1 of the Nevada Constitution providing that, "Only a marriage between a male and female person shall be recognized and given effect in this state."[4]

Similar measures

The following are measures that banned or attempted to ban same-sex marriages. Note that a number of them have been overturned.

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