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2002 Nevada Question 2

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Sign by the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage
Sign by the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage

Question 2 of 2000 and 2002 is a ballot measure that amended the Nevada Constitution by adding a definition of marriage that prevented same-sex marriages from being conducted or recognized in Nevada. The amendment was passed by voter referendum by a margin of 67%-33% on November 5, 2002.[1] It was previously approved by 69.6% to 30.4% of voters in 2000;[2] the Nevada Constitution requires two ballot votes for citizen-initiated constitutional amendments.[3]:54

The measure was heavily influenced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS church). A Nevada Mormon newspaper Beehive first reported the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage's intent to file an initiative petition in December 1999, and by October 2000 the coalition had raised over $800,000 from mostly Mormon-owned businesses and LDS individuals.[4] Mormon leaders had strongly encouraged members through letters with church letterhead to do campaign work and post yard signs distributed at church buildings.[5][3]:51–71

The text of the adopted amendment, which is found at Article I, section 21 of the Nevada Constitution, states:

Only a marriage between a male and female person shall be recognized and given effect in this state.[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ "State of Nevada - Official 2002 General Election Results". Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  2. ^ "State of Nevada - Official 2000 General Election Results". Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  3. ^ a b Djupe, Paul A.; Olson, Laura R. (2 February 2007). "Sweet Land of Liberty: The Gay Marriage Amendment in Nevada". Religious Interests in Community Conflict: Beyond the Culture Wars. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press. ISBN 1932792511.
  4. ^ McBride, Dennis (2002). "Question 2". outhistory.org. The New School. By October 25, ERN had collected just $35,077, while the CPM [Coalition for the Protection of Marriage] had raised another $865,931.41, most of which had come from Nevada Mormons, which it used to saturate the media with its message and to raise billboards across the state
  5. ^ McBride, Dennis (1 April 2017). "Wholesome Hate". knpr.org. National Public Radio. But it was the Mormon Church that fueled the Question 2 campaign. The most effective way the church accomplished this was through direct solicitation, on church letterhead, of its members. One such letter from the Reno Stake Presidency read, "Prayerfully consider supporting this cause in one or more of the following ways: Campaign Worker/Volunteer, Yard Sign, Walk Neighborhoods, Contribution ..." The church also told its members to pick up yard signs as they left services, signs stockpiled outside the church or in nearby parking lots.
  6. ^ "The Constitution of the State of Nevada" Hosted on the Nevada Legislature's website. Accessed 30 November 2006.


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