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State Senator Becomes First Gay Couple Married In Las Vegas

A Nevada state senator has married his partner to become the first gay couple married in Las Vegas. State Sen. Kelvin Atkinson wed Sherwood Howard shortly after gay couples began receiving marriage licenses in the wedding capital of the world Thursday. 

County Clerk Diana Alba says a U.S. District Court judge in Las Vegas issued an order striking down a 2002 state constitutional amendment that banned gay marriage. Same-sex couples’ hopes of getting married had been in limbo since the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday gay couples' rights were violated by same-sex wedding bans in Nevada and Idaho.  

The Coalition for the Protection of Marriage fought to keep Nevada's ban, but withdrew appeals yesterday to the U.S. Supreme Court and the 9th Circuit.
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Nikole Robinson Carroll is KNPR's Morning Edition host. You can hear her every morning from 5am until 10am on News 889. She also produces segments for KNPR's State of Nevada.