Starting July 1st 2015, Nevada state employees and their covered family members will have health coverage for transgender-related procedures and other medical expenses including mental health, hormone replacement therapy, and sex reassignment surgery.
After 2013's SCOTUS ruling that struck down parts of the discriminatory "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA), 2014 saw great advancement for marriage equality in the United States as fifteen more states became places where same-sex couples can legally marry. Read more about the states that made marriage equality the law of the land this year below.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada were unconstitutional.
The Attorney General of Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto (D), filed a 55-page brief with the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals this week in which she urged that the state's ban on marriage equality--part of Nevada's constitution--be upheld. In this document, she expressed an interest "to protect and perpetuate traditional marriage," and proceeded to define "what marriage is not."
The Ninth Circuit Court will hear marriage equality cases from Nevada and Hawaii after district courts in those states declared that the bans on marriage equality were constitutional. A multitude of public figures, including Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, submitted legal briefs to the court in support of marriage equality.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center) are partnering together to launch the "Protect Yourself at All Times" campaign in response to the high rates of HIV-infection among those under 30.
During debates over a proposed marriage equality amendment in the Nevada Senate, Senator Kelvin Atkinson came out as gay. The amendment could be up for a vote by Nevada residents in 2016.