Nevada state senator comes out during floor speech
By Geoff Pallay
CARSON CITY, Nevada: Nevada State Senator Kelvin Atkinson (D) came out during a floor speech earlier last week. This was the first time that many of his Senate peers found out the first-term Senator is gay.
The speech occurred during a debate about gay marriage. Legislators were discussing legislation that would repeal the state's same-sex marriage ban, pending a public vote in 2016.
The Democratic Party currently controls the Nevada State Senate.
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- Associated Press, "Nevada senator comes out as gay during debate," April 25, 2013
- Now MSN "'I'm black, I'm gay': Nevada senator comes out during marriage debate," April 24, 2013
- Business Insider, "A Nevada Nevada Senator Came Out During A Gay Marriage Debate On The Floor," April 23, 2013
- MSNBC "Nevada Nevada Sen. comes out in dramatic floor speech: ‘I’m black. I’m gay’," April 23, 2013 (dead link)