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Equal Rights Nevada Collection (MS-00607)

Abstract

The Equal Rights Nevada (2000-2002) collection is comprised of organizational records documenting the group’s unsuccessful fight against Question 2, a referendum voted upon in 2000 and 2002 to amend Nevada’s state constitution to forbid same-sex marriage. It includes campaign files, financial records, publicity, correspondence, ephemera, and other supporting documentation from national and regional marriage equality organizations.

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Date
2000-2002
Extent
2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Resource Type
Collection
Related People/Corporations
Access Note

Collection is open for research.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Equal Rights Nevada collection (2000-2002) is comprised of organizational records documenting the group’s unsuccessful fight against Question 2, a referendum voted upon in 2000 and 2002 to amend Nevada’s state constitution to forbid same-sex marriage. Materials include campaign files, financial records, publicity, correspondence, ephemera, and other supporting documentation from national and regional marriage equality organizations.

1993
Repeal of Nevada’s sodomy law
1994
Repudiation of the Minority Status and Child Protection Act in Nevada
1996
Congress passes the Defense of Marriage Act
1998
Las Vegas declares February 12th National Freedom to Marry Day
National Coalition for the Protection of Marriage founded
1999
Passage of employment non-discrimination legislation which included sexual orientation in Nevada
National Coalition for the Protection of Marriage announced its referendum in Nevada (to be known as Question 2)
2000
Campaign for Unity founded in Northern Nevada
Campaign for Unity became Equal Rights Nevada
Biographical / Historical Note

Equal Rights Nevada, an organization founded in 2000 by the Nevada gay community, fought the Question 2 referendum voted upon in 2000 and 2002 to amend the Nevada state constitution to forbid same-sex marriage. In spring of 2000 Bob Fulkerson, director of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), founded the Campaign for Unity in Northern Nevada to fight the anti-same-sex marriage initiative. In July 2000 the Campaign for Unity became Equal Rights Nevada (ERN), however, Question 2 passed in 2000, and again in 2002, becoming a Nevada constitutional amendment.

The Nevada gay community enjoyed a string of political victories in the 1990s: repeal of the state’s sodomy law in 1993, repudiation of the Minority Status and Child Protection Act in 1994, and the 1999 passage of employment non-discrimination legislation which included sexual orientation. In 1996, the same year Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Christina Sealander and Royce Kohler established the Equal Right to Marry Project in Las Vegas through the Gay and Lesbian Community Center. Even more unprecedented was the support shown by Las Vegas mayor Jan Laverty Jones who issued a proclamation declaring Thursday, February 12, 1998 to be National Freedom to Marry Day in Las Vegas. Equal marriage rights became the Nevada gay community’s next political fight.

Arrangement

Material is arranged by subject.

Preferred Citation

Equal Rights Nevada Collection, 2000-2002. MS-00607. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

EAD ID
US::NvLN::MS00607
Acquisition Note

Material donated by Dennis McBride in 2006; accession number 2006-014.

Processing Note

Material was processed by Dennis McBride in 2006. In 2014, as part of a legacy finding aid conversion project, Hannah Robinson revised and enhanced the collection description to bring it into compliance with current professional standards.

Appraisal Note

The collection contained a number of envelopes that were returned as undeliverable to the organization and these were subsequently discarded by SKC in summer 2006.

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