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Nebraska is the 37th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on March 1, 1867. Its most populous city is Omaha, and the state capitol is located in Lincoln.

LGBT Rights in Nebraska: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was approved by voters in November 2000. No provision of Nebraska law explicitly addresses discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation or gender identity. Nebraska's hate crimes law covers hate crimes based on sexual orientation but not those based on gender identity. Nebraska permits adoption by individuals, and there are no explicit prohibitions on adoption by same-sex couples.

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Nebraska wants lawsuit challenging same-sex marriage ban put on hold

Friday, January 23, 2015
The Nebraska Attorney General's Office has filed a motion to put a federal lawsuit challenging Nebraska's gay marriage ban on hold pending a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. [...]

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Nebraska lawmakers introduce bills to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Nebraska lawmakers introduced three bills Wednesday that would ban discrimination against LGBT residents, but even supporters noted they face a tough fight in gaining approval for the proposals. [...]

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Nebraska woman convicted in hate crime hoax a no-show for jail

Friday, January 16, 2015
Charlie Rogers
Charlie Rogers is a former University of Nebraska-Lincoln basketball player who was convicted of lying to police about being attacked by masked men who carved anti-gay slurs into her skin. [...]

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Marriage News Watch: January 5, 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015
Marriage equality comes to Florida this week, so why are opponents saying it's not? Matt Baume reports on what's really going on, and how they're still trying to stop the weddings. [...]

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Poll: Majority of Nebraska voters still oppose legalizing same-sex marriage

Monday, December 29, 2014
A new poll finds that the majority of Nebraskans still oppose legalizing same-sex marriage, but in Ohama, more people support marriage equality than oppose it. [...]

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Lincoln, Neb., mayor approves benefits for city workers’ same-sex spouses

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Lincoln, Neb.
Lincoln mayor Chris Beutler has approved changes that will allow same-sex spouses of city employees to receive health insurance and other benefits. [...]

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ACLU asks judge to order Nebraska to recognize same-sex marriages

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
The ACLU is asking a judge to order Nebraska to recognize same-sex marriages while the group's legal challenge to the state's gay marriage ban is pending. [...]

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Same-sex couples file suit challenging Nebraska gay marriage ban

Monday, November 17, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Seven same-sex couples filed a federal lawsuit Monday asking the state of Nebraska to recognize their marriages and challenging the constitutionality of the state's ban. American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska Executive Director Danielle Conrad said it's time for the state to extend the freedom to marry [...]

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Nebraska governor says state will fight same-sex marriage lawsuit

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Gov. Dave Heineman (R-Neb.)
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Gov. Dave Heineman says Nebraska will defend itself against an expected legal challenge to the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The Republican governor said Wednesday that Nebraska will "not take a pass" on the lawsuit, which the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska plans to file [...]

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ACLU plans new challenge to Nebraska same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
OMAHA, Neb. -- Citing recent rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, a national civil liberties group will again challenge Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriage. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska confirmed Tuesday that it will file a lawsuit in federal court next week on behalf of several Nebraska residents. [...]

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