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Nebraska Supreme Court hears arguments in same-sex divorce case

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.

The high court heard arguments Wednesday in the case of Bonnie Nichols, a Raymond woman who married her long-time partner, Margie, in 2009. Bonnie Nichols filed for divorce last year, but a Lancaster County judge ruled that the court couldn’t grant a divorce without recognizing the marriage.

Same-sex marriages are allowed in Iowa. Nebraska’s constitution doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages, civil unions or domestic partnerships.

Bonnie Nichols’ attorney, Megan Mikolajczyk, says the Constitution’s “full faith and credit” clause requires Nebraska to recognize the marriage.

The Nebraska attorney general’s office says allowing the divorce would disenfranchise voters who overwhelmingly approved Nebraska’s constitutional amendment in 2000.

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