Nevada has voted in favor of a groundbreaking move for the LGBTQ+ community.
Amid the chaos, election week has seen a huge victory for the LGBTQ+ community.
via: Getty ImagesAnd it comes courtesy of the state of Nevada.
The move is huge news for the state.
via: Getty ImagesAnd residents have been expressing their pride on social media.
The LGBTQ+ community is stronger than ever.Since the annual observance of LGBT History Month began in the U.S. in 1994, the growth and acceptance of this community has been absolutely staggering.
LGBTQ+ identifying people are prouder than ever before...
via: ShutterstockAnd, because of the growing numbers of barriers being broken down, more and more people are coming out openly and proudly as LGBTQ+.
But discrimination still lurks.
via: ShutterstockDespite amazing development, an array of narrow-minded individuals who spread constant hatred and fear amongst this community are still in existence.
Discrimination comes in many different forms.
via: ShutterstockWhether it's in the form of cyber-bullying or in the form of a violent physical act, discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community is rife. No type of discrimination is okay.
These hate crimes are happening all over the world and it's not okay.
via: ShutterstockIt’s a heartbreaking reality that hate crimes against the community still happen.
Education is key.
via: ShutterstockIt is common knowledge that those who discriminate against and abuse members of the LGBTQ+ community are often uneducated on the topic, and are lashing out against something unfamiliar to them.
The support of influential figures and brands can be beneficial, too.
via: ShutterstockIt has never before been so crucial for those with large platforms to show their support and solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.
Not to mention all the work Stonewall do...
via: ShutterstockThey have assisted in achieving the equalization of the age of consent, lifting the ban on LGBT people serving in the military, securing legislation that allowed same-sex couples to adopt, and have even helped to secure same-sex marriages.
Of course, in a groundbreaking move, same-sex marriage was legalized in the US in 2015...
via: Getty ImagesThe Supreme Court ruled in the Obergefell v. Hodges case, striking down bans in all fifty states.
The ruling inactivated bans in state constitutions...
via: Getty ImagesHowever, the Supreme Court could move to reverse the decision.
Concerns about same-sex marriage bans surged recently with the appointment of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
via: Getty ImagesAccording to The Washington Post, Barrett has previously refused to say the Obergefell case was correctly decided.
Speaking after Barrett’s confirmation hearing, Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David said:
via: Getty Images"She defended the dissenters in the court’s landmark marriage-equality case. She refused to say whether the landmark case Lawrence v. Texas [decriminalizing homosexual intimacy] was correctly decided."
via: Getty Images"She sidestepped questions about preserving LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections. And she refused to denounce prior writings and statements that, if implemented through the court, could result in a systematic regression of LGBTQ rights."
On election day, citizens were given the option to completely remove the same-sex ban from the state constitution.
via: Getty ImagesVoting on a statement that read: "Marriage would be defined as between couples, regardless of gender, though religious organizations and clergypersons would have the right to refuse to solemnize a marriage."
The ban in question originated from a 2002 amendment that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
via: Getty ImagesNevada was one of thirty states which held provisions in their constitution that defined marriage as between one man and one woman.
But not for much longer...
via: Getty ImagesFigures show more than sixty-one percent of Nevada residents voted in favor of removing the ban from the constitution, while more than thirty-eight percent voted against it.
The LGBTQ+ community and allies celebrated the decision on social media.
nevada is the first state to have same sex marriage written into their constitution 🥺🥺🥺 I am proud to be a Nevadan okay— em (@em)1604544189.0
It marks a huge step in the right direction.
via: Getty ImagesLet's hope that more states follow suit. Meanwhile, eyes are on Nevada for its results in the ongoing presidential election. Scroll on for the latest...