The Nevada Republican Party has dropped two planks from its platform. It’s backing out of social issues that are probably losing causes, namely same-sex marriage and abortion.
Nevada bans same-sex marriage by constitutional amendment
Domestic partnerships were legalized by the Domestic Partnership Responsibilities Act on May 31, 2009 and have been available since October 1, 2009
The Social Security Administration announced on Friday that it will begin offering partner benefits to same-sex couples, but BuzzFeed reports the benefits will not be applied as consistently as some other federal benefits available to same-sex couples since the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act. For now only married same-sex couples who live in a state that recognizes their marriages will be eligible to receive the Social Security spousal benefit.
In just the past year, six states legalized same-sex marriage though the political process. Legislatures are being pressed in three other states that are likely to follow suit: New Jersey, Hawaii and Illinois. In Oregon, an effort to reverse a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage through a November 2014 ballot measure is under way. Challenges to similar bans in Nevada, Colorado and Ohio could be in store for November 2016.