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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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Student allowed to perform previously censored poem on gender stereotypes

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Michael Barth
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
SourceOmaha, county seat of Douglas County, Neb.
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.

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Inmate, transgender partner lose second lawsuit seeking visitation, marriage

Monday, November 18, 2013
Harold Wilson (left) and Gracy Sedlak
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.

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

Sunday, November 10, 2013
Tuma Marks
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.

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