The Republican governor said Monday that the issue should be left to Nebraskans, and not an “activist judge” subverting their will.
Ricketts say he will work with Attorney General Doug Peterson, a fellow Republican, to uphold the current constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2000.
The ACLU of Nebraska hailed the decision as a victory for equal rights.
The ruling on Monday was immediately appealed to the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to prohibiting same-sex marriage, Nebraska also forbids civil unions and legalized domestic partnerships.
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