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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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Same-sex couples file suit challenging Nebraska gay marriage ban

Monday, November 17, 2014
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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
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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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Creighton University to offer same-sex benefits despite archbishop’s objection

Monday, October 27, 2014
St. John's Church at Creighton University.
OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton University will soon begin offering health benefits to legally married same-sex spouses of its employees despite the objections of the local Catholic archbishop. Creighton President Rev. Timothy Lannon announced the change Monday. He said 21 of the 28 Jesuit universities already offer similar benefits. [...]

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HRC launching Nebraska chapter to advocate for LGBT rights

Monday, September 15, 2014
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The Human Rights Campaign on Monday announced it will form a Nebraska chapter to advocate for laws that protect LGBT people in housing, employment and public accommodations in the Cornhusker State. The HRC said its recent survey of LGBT Nebraskans show 57 percent of respondents have called the state home [...]

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Neb. holds to one of the nation’s most restrictive same-sex marriage bans

Saturday, August 9, 2014
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OMAHA, Neb. -- As state bans on same-sex marriages fall across the country, some Nebraska officials are holding strong to that state's status of having one of the nation's most restrictive laws, which affects some of the most basic aspects of gay couples' lives - from driver's licenses to parenting [...]

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Nebraska Supreme Court dismisses same-sex divorce appeal

Friday, June 13, 2014
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OMAHA, Neb. — Nebraska's Supreme Court dismissed an appeal Friday by woman legally wed to another woman in Iowa who is now seeking a divorce in the state where they live, saying it didn't have jurisdiction and therefore could not address the constitutional arguments raised about same-sex marriage and divorce [...]

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Nebraska Supreme Court hears arguments in same-sex divorce case

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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LINCOLN, Neb. -- The case of a woman who wants to divorce her same-sex partner after legally marrying in Iowa is now in the hands of the Nebraska Supreme Court. [...]

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Suit challenging Neb. ban on same-sex couple foster care can move forward

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Three same sex couples can go ahead with their lawsuit challenging a Nebraska policy preventing them and all unmarried couples from serving as foster parents, a judge ruled. [...]

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U.S. Senate hopeful: ‘Marriage is defined by God and it predates government’

Monday, April 21, 2014
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Ben Sasse, the GOP US Senate candidate from Nebraska who has garnered endorsements from Tea Party-aligned groups including the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservatives Fund, appeared on Friday’s edition of The Janet Mefferd Show to reiterate his commitment to the social conservatives cause. [...]

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