Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Lawsuit Challenges Nebraska's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

A lawsuit was filed yesterday in federal district court in Nebraska by 7 couples challenging the constitutionality of Art. I, Sec. 29 of Nebraska's state constitution.  The provision prohibits same-sex couples from marrying and bars recognition of the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other jurisdictions. The complaint (full text) in Waters v. Heineman, (D NE, filed 11/17/2014) contends that the provision violates the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment. ACLU announced the filing of the lawsuit. Sioux City Journal has additional background. In 2006, in Citizens for Equal Protection v. Bruning, the 8th Circuit upheld the Nebraska ban.