The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in California concluded that bans in Nevada and Idaho violated the equal protection rights of same-sex couples to legally marry. That inspired Nevada State Senator Kelvin Atkinson who, during a Freedom Nevada event on Tuesday, Oct. 7, proposed to his boyfriend Sherwood Howard.
As he told CNN, his proposal "just came out...I proposed to him on stage in front of everyone." During his speech, Atkinson, who came out last year during a debate prior to a vote repealing a constitutional provision passed by voters in 2002 banning same-sex marriage, said in his speech this week:
"Woody, I know it has been six years. They haven't always been great, but we have been great partners and as a lot of you know in a lot of my political work [you are] the one person that I trust the most, to be there with me, to be there for me, to be that confidant, to be my friend and my partner, so I'm saying it in front of everybody, will you marry me?"
Watch this video of it below:
\u201cVideo of @katkinson702 asking partner to marry him after court ruling paves way for same sex marriage in Nevada https://t.co/zRNC9CtShr #lvrj\u201d