Battle for same sex marriage shifts to the country’s wedding capital

By Bev Llorente, ABS CBN North America Bureau

July 1, 2013

Las Vegas – The battle now turns to individual states that still don’t recognize gay marriage. One particular state is Nevada, where practically anyone can get married on drive through

“For Nevada it will be very good for the economy. It will be very good for all couple or lovers just to get married. It all boils down to economy, “ resident Bong Bella said.

“They’re also human, they have right to love each other. Pabor ako para sa kanila,” another resident, Marietta Narcisso added.

While some wedding chapels offer commitment ceremonies it would be a different story if they can actually tie the knot.

“If it eventually when it does become legal it will help our business quite a bit right now,” Viva Las Vegas, who officiates weddings dressed as Elvis Presley said.

According to the U.S. Census, there are about 6,300 gay couples in Nevada. Following the vote to overturn the ban on same sex marriage here, Senator Kelvin Atkinson (D) came out and told his constituents that he is gay.

Legislation for same sex marriage will need to be re-approved by the legislature in 2015, and will be added to the 2016 ballot, giving Nevadans a chance to pass the proposition on marriage equality.

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