George and I took another official step yesterday evening to apply for Domestic Partnership. There was a forum at the LGTB Center in Las Vegas regarding this very issue and many questions and concerns were addressed. Lots of helpful information was provided by Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller; Senator David Parks, who sponsored the new bill; and a panel consisting of people who work for the ACLU, a lawyer’s firm and a hospice. Right after the Q&A session many couples had their registration form notarized, like George and I did.
The law goes in effect in Nevada on October 1st, 2009.
Click here and here for links to Las Vegas’ two main newspaper sites and their articles and photos about yesterday’s forum.
Yup, we’re famous. Below is a screen shot taken from the Las Vegas Sun article, showing George and me watching our registration form being notarized. Of course, in the other photo I have my eyes closed and am hidden behind another person.
So much for my 15 minutes of fame.
Who cares. More importantly, we’re about to enter our Domestic Partnership and a new exciting chapter in our life. We know it’s not the same as marriage but it’s still quite a milestone. Especially for the Sate of Nevada, a bastion of Republicans and conservatives. This new law was vetoed by our vile governor Jim Gibbons, stating that he simply doesn’t believe in it. Luckily, there were enough votes in the Assembly and the Senate to override his veto.
Not all is bad in America. Eventually, true equality for all will come. Also on a federal level. But like I said before, in this country it takes small baby steps to achieve progress.