JANUARY 14, 2020 8:22:53Gay marriage is changing Las Vegas.
The first legal same-sex couple to wed in the United States, John and Kelly Greenfield, said the ceremony was a historic milestone for the community.
“It’s just been an incredible experience for us, and it’s been a wonderful moment for us as people,” said John Greenfield.
“We’re proud to have had this moment, and I’m really proud of what we did.”
“We have a lot of hope and joy for the future and the future is bright,” said Kelly Greenwell.
The day has come to finally give everyone the freedom to live the lives they want and love who they want,” said Patrick McElwee, CEO of the Rainbow Alliance for Equality, a group advocating for LGBT equality.”
It’s exciting to know that they have a clear choice for their state and that the law will be changed for them.”
“The day has come to finally give everyone the freedom to live the lives they want and love who they want,” said Patrick McElwee, CEO of the Rainbow Alliance for Equality, a group advocating for LGBT equality.
The Greenfields, who were joined by their partner, Jason Dominguez, and their three children, were married in a civil ceremony in downtown Las Vegas on Monday.
The couple’s marriage is the first civil union ceremony in the state of Nevada.
The Greenfield family is part of a growing number of same sex couples that have been able to legally wed in other states and territories, but the Greenfield couple’s experience is unique in that the state they live in has passed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
Nevada is the only state in the country to prohibit gay marriage, which was approved by voters in 2008.
The amendment was signed by then-Gov.
Brian Sandoval, but has since been blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The couple’s decision to wed openly has been a long time coming.
The law banning gay marriages in Nevada was first passed in 1992.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that the constitutionality of the ban was “unreasonable,” and that allowing gay couples to marry violated their right to equal protection under the law.
The ban was repealed in 2010 and has been in effect since then.
In April, a federal judge ruled that a lawsuit brought by three same-age couples challenging the ban should be dismissed, but that a lower court judge did not have jurisdiction.
John Greenfield and Kelly Greene, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, who are married in Nevada, are the first same-aged same-sexual couple in the U, to wed legally in the states of Nevada and Colorado.
Their wedding was one of three civil unions ceremonies in the county, which is one of the first in the nation to allow same- gender couples to wed.
The marriage was celebrated on Sunday, Jan. 14.
“We’re happy, we’re happy for our kids, we’ll be a couple forever, and we’ll always be here,” said Jason Dueles, the Greenfields’ partner.
“I think we’re going to have a big impact on the future of the state.”
“This is a huge day, and a historic day,” said Julie Leder, a spokeswoman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, which represents same- sex couples who live in the Golden State.
“Nevada has a history of supporting the rights of its citizens to marry the person they love, and this historic day is an affirmation of that and the right to marry as long as you want.”
Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt issued a statement Monday, saying the court has not decided on the constitution of the law in question and that it remains the state’s primary legal issue.
Laxalt also said the lawsuit has no merit, and he will continue to work with the state to find a way forward.
On Tuesday, the state Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case.
The judge overseeing the case has not yet decided whether to hear arguments in that case.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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