As LGBT Americans celebrate the third anniversary today of the landmark U.S. Supreme case that affirmed marriage equality as a civil right, we’re reminded that Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt wanted to uphold Nevada’s ban on same-sex marriage, even after Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval sided with Democratic then-attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto in saying Nevada’s ban was “no longer defensible” in court.
In 2016, after the Supreme Court’s decision, Laxalt joined a brief led by the Texas attorney general supporting Mississippi’s unconstitutional efforts to protect the religious belief that “only opposite-sex couples can marry.”
Opposing marriage equality is not the only anti-LGBT position Laxalt has taken. In March, Laxalt signed a letter to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services in support of religious refusals for health care professionals. In Laxalt’s view, health care providers should be able to refuse to aid a transgender person in transition or to provide fertility treatments for an LGBT couple. He also ranted against repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in a pair of homophobic op-eds in which he bemoaned the acceptance of “homosexuality as a lifestyle.”
Nevada State Democratic Party spokeswoman Helen Kalla released the following statement:
“As LGBT Nevadans continue to celebrate Pride Month, we’re reminded that Adam Laxalt doesn’t support their constitutional right to marry the person they love. Laxalt’s backwards views are out of step with Nevadans and threaten to roll back the progress our country has made towards full equality. Nevada has come too far to be dragged in the wrong direction by a fringe right-wing radical like Laxalt.”