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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Ben Sasse

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

Monday, April 21, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]

School apologizes for advising bullying victims not to ‘tattle,’ or be a ‘sore loser’

Friday, April 18, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A Nebraska school district is apologizing after sending fifth grade students home with a pamphlet titled “Turning bullies into buddies," advising bullying victims not to "tattle" on their attackers, and not to be a "sore loser." [ Read more → ]
Nebraska state capitol in Lincoln.

Bill to prohibit anti-gay workplace discrimination stalls in Neb. legislature

Monday, April 7, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A bill that would prohibit Nebraska employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity has stalled in the Legislature. [ Read more → ]
Nebraska state capitol in Lincoln.

Neb. bill prohibiting anti-gay employment discrimination faces resistance

Friday, April 4, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A bill that would protect Nebraska residents from employment discrimination based on their sexual orientation is facing resistance from some Nebraska lawmakers. [ Read more → ]
Michael Barth

Student allowed to perform previously censored poem on gender stereotypes

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. — A Nebraska state champion speech student will be allowed to perform a poem about gender identity for television after originally being asked not to by a statewide schools organization. [ Read more → ]

Neb. legislative committee advances workplace discrimination bill

Monday, March 31, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska lawmakers could get a chance this year to debate a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]

Same-sex couple’s divorce case could test Nebraska’s gay marriage ban

Friday, March 28, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A lesbian couple who married in Iowa in 2009 is now petitioning the Nebraska Supreme Court to be allowed to divorce in a case that could test the constitutionality of Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Ten attorneys general file brief supporting Nev. same-sex marriage ban

Monday, February 3, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and top law officers from nine other states are fighting a lawsuit challenging Nevada's same-sex marriage ban, arguing no fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists. [ Read more → ]

Nebraska’s Sarpy County extends benefits for same-sex couples

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
PAPILLION, Neb. -- Sarpy County commissioners have decided to extend health insurance benefits to spouses of gay county employees who have legally married in another state but live in Nebraska. [ Read more → ]

Advocates hopeful rulings spell doom for Neb. gay marriage, civil unions ban

Thursday, January 16, 2014
OMAHA, Neb. -- In the wake of recent rulings by federal judges to strike down state bans on same-sex marriage, marriage equality advocates are hoping to strike a similar blow to Nebraska's strict ban that forbids even same-sex civil unions. [ Read more → ]

Most Neb. schools to offer insurance benefits to married same-sex couples

Monday, December 30, 2013
OMAHA, Neb. -- Nearly all Nebraska school districts and some cities and counties will soon begin offering insurance benefits to legally married same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
SourceOmaha, county seat of Douglas County, Neb.

Neb. county votes to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of employees

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
OMAHA, Neb. — Douglas County, Neb., will extend benefits to same-sex spouses of employees who were legally married in other states, said board officials who voted Tuesday in favor of the measure. [ Read more → ]
Harold Wilson (left) and Gracy Sedlak

Inmate, transgender partner lose second lawsuit seeking visitation, marriage

Monday, November 18, 2013
A Nebraska prison inmate and his transgendered partner have lost another round in their legal fight to be able to visit each other and get married. [ Read more → ]
Tuma Marks

Man arrested in hate crime attack on female relative because she is gay

Sunday, November 10, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. — Police in Lincoln, Neb., say a 20-year-old man attacked a relative with a crowbar because she's gay, and investigators are treating the attack as a hate crime. [ Read more → ]
Nebraska state capitol in Lincoln.

Nebraska lawmakers revive same-sex marriage debate

Friday, November 1, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska lawmakers are trying to resolve legal conflicts for same-sex couples who qualify for benefits at the federal level and in states that allow gay marriage or civil unions, but whose relationships aren't recognized here. [ Read more → ]

Neb. man assaulted after sticking up for gay friends in alleged hate crime

Monday, October 28, 2013
OMAHA, Neb. -- A Nebraska man is recovering Monday after being attacked while defending his gay friends from being harassed and called "faggots." [ Read more → ]
Nickolai Hammar, Daily NebraskanScott Schneider, 32, is a volunteer at the LGBTQA Resource Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was in the military before choosing to undergo female-to-male gender reassignment.

Transgender veteran uses experience to reach out to others

Sunday, September 8, 2013
Scott Schneider’s mom still calls him Megan. His dad quit talking to him for eight years. After struggling with his identity for most of his life, Schneider — a military veteran – started going by Scott in 2007 and began the medical process of transitioning from a female to a male in 2008. Today, he’s worked at UNL’s LGBTQA resource center for a year and a half. [ Read more → ]
Nati Harnik, APSame-sex couples Todd Vesely, left, and Joel Busch, right, and Lisa Blakey, second left, and Janet Rodriguez, second right, are seen in the State Capitol's Rotunda in Lincoln, Neb., Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. They are two of three same-sex couples who are challenging a Nebraska policy that prevents them from serving as foster parents.

Same-sex couples file lawsuit challenging Neb. ban on gay foster parents

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Three same-sex couples challenged a Nebraska policy on Tuesday that prevents them from serving as foster parents, setting up a legal battle in a state with a shortage of eligible families. [ Read more → ]

Gay couples to sue Neb. over law banning gay foster parents

Monday, August 26, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Three same-sex couples plan to sue Nebraska because they say the state won't allow them to become foster parents. [ Read more → ]
Harold Scott

Neb. school official fired for performing in community play with gay themes

Saturday, August 10, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. — The superintendent of a Christian school in Lincoln says he lost his job because he performed in a community production of "The Producers," a Broadway musical with gay characters, Nazi jokes, some coarse dialogue and racy lyrics. [ Read more → ]

Neb. lawmakers to revive gay marriage debate, possible ballot measure

Sunday, July 28, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska lawmakers will revive a gay marriage debate later this year, with a hearing that could lead to a proposed ballot measure on the issue. [ Read more → ]
Lincoln, Neb.

Lincoln, Neb., anti-discrimination ordinance sits on books, unenforced

Sunday, July 14, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. — As Lincoln's gay community celebrates its four-day Star City Pride festival, the city's stalled anti-discrimination ordinance meant to protect gay and transgender residents appears to be heading nowhere fast. [ Read more → ]

No transgender students have taken advantage of new Neb. athletics policy

Sunday, June 16, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. — No students have asked to exercise a policy approved in December by the Nebraska School Activities Association that allows participation in high school athletics by transgender students, the association says. [ Read more → ]
AP Danielle Powell, right, and her spouse Michelle Rogers.

Christian college expels lesbian, wants her to repay grant money

Friday, June 14, 2013
OMAHA, Neb. -- Danielle Powell was going through a hard time in the spring of 2011, just months away from graduating from a conservative Christian college in Nebraska. She had fallen in love with another woman, a strictly forbidden relationship at a school where even prolonged hugs were banned. [ Read more → ]
Nebraska state capitol in Lincoln.

Neb. legislative committee advances gay foster parent bill

Saturday, June 1, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A Nebraska legislative committee on Friday advanced a bill that would allow gay and lesbian couples to serve as foster parents if they are related to the child or have a well-established relationship. [ Read more → ]
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