CARSON CITY, Nev. — Las Vegas has been known for decades as the place for exuberant nuptials blessed by the swirl of Elvis’ white capes. But for years, legal marriages were barred for same-sex couples.
Now, the state that’s home to the “wedding capital of the world” is also the first in the country to officially protect same-sex marriage in its Constitution.
“It’s literally righting a wrong,” said Karen Vibe, a businesswoman who moved to Reno shortly before voters passed a ban on same-sex marriage in 2002.
That vote left her feeling betrayed by her new neighbors and she couldn’t marry her wife until courts ruled against the measure more than a decade later.
Watching people vote this election to repeal the defunct ban gave her a deeper sense of security in her home and family.
It also helped ease the anxiety she and others in the LGBTQ community are feeling about the new conservative majority on the US