|Member of the Nevada Senate
from the 4th district
|Preceded by||Steven Horsford|
|Member of the Nevada Assembly
from the 17th district
|Preceded by||Bob Price|
|Succeeded by||Steven Brooks|
April 8, 1969 |
|Residence||North Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Alma mater||Howard University|
|Profession||Government Management Analyst|
Kelvin Atkinson (born April 8, 1969) is a Democratic member of the Nevada Senate, representing District 4. He previously served in the Nevada Assembly, representing Clark County District 17 from 2002 to 2012.
On April 22, 2013, during a debate on repealing Nevada's gay marriage ban, Atkinson announced on the Senate floor that: "I’m black. I'm gay." It was the first time he had publicly identified as gay. He became the fifth openly LGBT member of the Nevada legislature, alongside Senators David Parks and Patricia Spearman, as well as Assemblymen James Healey and Andrew Martin.
Atkinson and his partner Sherwood Howard were the first same-sex couple to marry in Nevada, which occurred on October 9, 2014.
- "In split vote, Nevada Senate passes measure to begin repeal of gay marriage ban". Las Vegas Sun. April 22, 2013.
- "With Nevada, same-sex marriage legal in more than half the states; W.Va. next". CNN. Oct 9, 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
- Nevada Assembly - Kelvin D. Atkinson official government website
- Project Vote Smart - Representative Kelvin Atkinson (NV) profile
- Follow the Money - Kelvin Atkinson
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