Nebraska

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 lawmakers hear testimony on anti-LGBT discrimination bills

Saturday, March 16, 2013
Nebraska lawmakers listened to four hours of testimony on measures that would call for protection against discrimination of gay employees and gay couples looking to adopt children or become foster parents. [ Read more → ]
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Nebraska lawmakers to hear bills to expand LGBT rights

Thursday, March 14, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. — Lawmakers are preparing to hear three bills on Thursday aimed at expanding rights for its LGBT residents. The Legislature's Judiciary Committee will hear testimony Thursday on legislation that would stop discrimination against LGBT employees, and extend rights to people seeking to adopt or provide foster care to a child. [ Read more → ]
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Gay rights issues back in the forefront in Nebraska state legislature

Saturday, March 9, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska lawmakers plan to bring gay rights issues back into the forefront with three proposals seeking to extend rights to employees and families. [ Read more → ]
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Petition drive to repeal Omaha’s LGBT non-discrimination ordinance fails

Friday, February 1, 2013
OMAHA, Neb. -- A petition effort by led by local churches and family values organizations in Omaha has failed to gather enough signatures to launch a referendum to repeal an Omaha city ordinance that protects its LGBT citizens. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT-friendly bills introduced in Neb.; state University to offer same-sex employee benefits

Monday, January 28, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. -- As the 2013 legislative session in Nebraska commenced last week with two LGBT-friendly bills introduced for debate, the University of Nebraska announced it plans to offer health care benefits for the university's partnered same-sex and opposite-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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Lesbian who faked hate crime found guilty after pleading ‘no contest’

Monday, December 10, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. -- In a Lancaster County courtroom Monday, Judge Gale Pokorny, found Charlie Rogers guilty of staging a fake anti-gay hate crime that shocked both the citizens of Lincoln, Neb., and the nation -- first for the brutality of the alleged crime, and then for lying about the crime. [ Read more → ]
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Nebraska town overrides mayor’s veto to add protections for gay city workers

Thursday, November 15, 2012
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- The Grand Island, Neb., city council on Tuesday voted to add "sexual orientation" to the city's non-discrimination policy by overruling a mayoral veto. [ Read more → ]
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Woman accused of faking ‘hate crime’ attack slams investigators

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The woman accused of staging a "hate crime" and filing a false police report in a highly publicized incident earlier this year, continues to maintain that she is a victim and denies fabricating the incident. [ Read more → ]
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Petition drive launched to strike down law protecting LGBT people in Omaha

Saturday, October 13, 2012
OMAHA, Neb. -- An outspoken opponent of LGBT rights in Omaha has launched a petition drive to overturn the city’s legal protections for LGBT residents. [ Read more → ]
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University student leader criticized over decision to veto pro-LGBT bills

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Association of Students of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has voted to override two vetoes by the student senate’s president, one which expressed support for extending benefits to spouses of LGBT NU staff and faculty, and another bill that supported Lincoln’s LGBT-inclusive "fairness ordinance." [ Read more → ]
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Nebraska lesbian who allegedly faked hate crime headed to trial

Thursday, September 27, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Lancaster County, Neb., District Court Judge Gale Pokorny on Thursday continued until Nov. 19 the case against a Nebraska woman charged with providing false information to police in connection to an alleged anti-gay hate crime that investigators now say was an elaborate hoax. [ Read more → ]
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Police say Nebraska woman faked anti-gay hate crime

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A Nebraska woman who claimed she was the victim of an anti-gay hate crime in which three masked attackers invaded her home, painted homophobic slurs on the walls, and carved them into her skin, before attempting to set her house on fire, has been charged with filing a false police report and lying to investigators. [ Read more → ]
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Lincoln, Neb., LGBT ‘fairness ordinance’ unlikely to appear on ballot

Thursday, August 16, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A proposed ordinance which would prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations in Lincoln, Neb., will likely not appear on the November ballot. [ Read more → ]
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Victim in Nebraska hate crime comes forward, speaks out publicly

Friday, July 27, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. -- In her first appearance since suffering an alleged attack in a home invasion last week that police officials are investigating as a possible hate crime, Charlie Rogers of Lincoln, Neb., said, “I’m not hiding from this anymore.” [ Read more → ]
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Police: No evidence of hate crime, no evidence of hoax either in brutal attack on lesbian

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. — Investigators looking into an attack against an openly lesbian woman this past weekend are not ruling out the possibility that the alleged hate crime may have been a hoax. [ Read more → ]
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More than 500 gather for vigil for lesbian brutalized in home invasion

Sunday, July 22, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Over 500 people gathered on the steps of the Nebraska State Capitol Sunday night to hold a vigil for a lesbian woman brutalized early Sunday morning in what local LGBT activists are calling a hate crime. [ Read more → ]
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NAACP conference leader resigns over group’s support of marriage equality

Thursday, June 7, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Rev. Keith Ratliff, president of the Iowa and Nebraska conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), has resigned over the group's national board resolution in support of same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Anti-gay groups collect signatures to force vote on discrimination ordinance

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Opponents of a new city ordinance that would prohibit prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations, said Tuesday they had collected enough signatures of registered voters to force the city council to either repeal the measure or place it on the November ballot for a city-wide referendum. [ Read more → ]
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Nebraska governor calls for popular vote on LGBT protections ordinances

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska's Republican Governor Dave Heineman said Tuesday that voters should have a voice on the recently enacted city ordinances that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT people. [ Read more → ]
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Lincoln, Neb., city council adds LGBT protections to civil rights ordinance

Monday, May 14, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Lincoln, Neb., City Council on Monday evening approved expanding the city’s civil rights protections to include its LGBT citizens. The partisan vote was approved by the five Democrats on the council; the two Republicans abstained, saying they had a conflict of interest. [ Read more → ]
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Nebraska woman rails against gays during public hearing

Friday, May 11, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Video surfaced Friday of Lincoln, Neb., resident Jane Skrovota and her graphic anti-gay diatribe, which she delivered during a public hearing before the Lincoln city council earlier this week on a proposed ordinance to ban discrimination against gays and transgender citizens in employment, housing and public accommodations. [ Read more → ]
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Lincoln, Neb., moves forward with proposed expansion of city’s civil rights ordinance

Monday, May 7, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Lincoln, Neb., city council has indicated will continue its efforts to pass an expansion of the city's civil rights ordinance to cover gay and transgender people, despite an opinion by the state's Attorney General Jon Bruning, that the council does not have that power. [ Read more → ]
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Lincoln, Neb., lawmakers support Fairness Ordinance for LGBT citizens

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. -- City council member Carl Eskridge on Monday introduced the Lincoln, Neb., "Fairness Ordinance," a measure that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s non-discrimination law. [ Read more → ]
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Nebraska’s capital city to consider LGBT fairness ordinance

Friday, April 20, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The city council in Lincoln, Neb., is expected to consider a "fairness ordinance" that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city's non-discrimination law. [ Read more → ]
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Nebraska football coach under fire for opposing non-discrimination ordinance

Saturday, March 31, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska's only openly gay elected official is calling for the termination of University of Nebraska assistant football coach Ron Brown after he testified against Omaha's proposed ordinance to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]
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