Marriage by same-sex couples (SSM)
Menu: Year 2000 until now:
Attempts to attain marriage equality in Nebraska
for both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.
Throughout this web site, the term "LGBT" refers to the
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual community.
"SSM" refers to marriage by same-sex couples.
2000 to the present time: Timeline of events attempting to bring marriage equality to Nebraska:
In 2915, the state of Nebraska has had few protections in place for the LGBT community. They have:
- No protection from discrimination in housing, or employment.
- No human rights legislation protecting against discrimination by public accommodations (companies that do business with the general public).
- No recognition of same-sex relationships. Loving, committed same-sex couples are treated as roommates. They are not allowed to marry in the state. The marriages of same-sex couples solemnized out of state are not recognized by the state.
Timeline of activities regarding same-sex marriages:
- 2000: Voters passed a amendment to the state Constitution that bans recognition of same-sex marriages, civil unions, and domestic partnerships . The vote was 70% in favor.
- 2005: The lawsuit Citizens for Equal Protection v. Bruning was filed. Judge Joseph F. Bataillon of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska ruled that the state's SSM ban violated the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and was thus unconstitutional and unenforceable.
- 2006: The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Judge Bataillon's ruling.
- 2014-OCT: A public opinion poll found 46% of likely voters opposed marriage equality; 40% were in favor.
- 2014-NOV: A lawsuit Waters v. Ricketts was filed by seven same-sex couples in the same District Court as the 2005 lawsuit. It was heard by the same judge.
- 2015-MAR-02: Following precedents of many dozens of recent District Court decisions, District Court Judge Joseph F. Bataillon again found that the Nebraska ban on same-sex marriage violated the Due Process and/or Equal Protection clauses of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The ban was thus unconstitutional and unenforceable. He set MAR-09 as the data that his ruling was to become effective, and when same-sex couples could start to apply for marriage licenses.
- 2015-MAR-05: As requested by the Attorney General, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals invoked a stay on the lower court ruling so that same-sex couples remained unable to marry.
And in the future:
- 2015-APR-28: The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hold hearings on a consolidated case in involving appeals of four same-sex marriage-related cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, & Tennessee.
- 2015-JUN/JUL: The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling in the consolidated case. It is likely to resolve the same-sex marriage across the entire country, one way or the other.
Topics discussed in this section:
During early 2015-MAR:
- Part 1: Lack of protections for the LGBT community.
Public opinion poll. Two district Court rulings
favor marriage equality. Same-sex couples may be able to marry starting MAR-09.
- Part 2: Reactions to District Judge Bataillon's second ruling.
- Part 3: More reactions to to the District Court ruling. Opinions about the SSM marriage ban. Video. Ruling appealed to 8th Circuit Court, which implementd a stay on District Court ruling.
Originally posted: 2015-MAR-06
Last updated 2015-MAR-06
Author: B.A. Robinson