Time to get those gay-wedding chapels ready, Las Vegas. Nevada moved closer to legalizing gay marriage late Monday with the passing of a resolution that recognizes such nuptials. The resolution removes a provision from the state constitution that declares marriage as being solely between a man and a woman. Although Las Vegas has a risque reputation, Nevada remains a conservative state with a strong Mormon lobbying presence—meaning that the debate has been fairly charged. The new resolution passed with the support of 11 Democrats and one Republican, although language was included to make sure no religious organization would be forced to perform a gay ceremony.
WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS Nevada Senate floor in Carson City on Monday. (Cathleen Allison/AP)