Same-sex couples and the ACLU file case seeking to overturn Nebraska marriage ban

On November 17, 2014, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Nebraska, and the law firm of Koenig Dunne filed a legal challenge to Nebraska's law denying the freedom to marry to same-sex couples, on behalf of seven same-sex couples seeking to marry in state or have their legal marriages respected in Nebraska. 

Additionally, the ACLU intends to file a separate motion for emergency relief on behalf of Sally Waters, who was diagnosed with breast cancer that has now progressed to terminal, Stage 4 status. Sally and her partner Susan in Omaha have been together for 17 years.

Sally said today:

We have said publicly before God, our family and our friends that we love each other and are committed to one another and our children. At this moment, I want to spend time loving my children and my wife while knowing that should I die, they will be cared for. By not recognizing my family, Nebraska is making a difficult situation much more difficult emotionally and financially.

ACLU of Nebraska Executive Director Danielle Conrad added:

Today is an exciting day for all Nebraskans because freedom means freedom for everyone. The couples we represent in this historic case are all tax paying citizens who are active in their communities and who are contributing positively to our economy. These families have served our country, are successful in their professions, and are parents raising children. The couples we represent seek nothing more and nothing less than the freedom to marry who they love. Nebraska has waited long enough it is time for the Cornhusker state to extend the freedom to marry to all its citizens.

Nebraska is one of 15 states where same-sex couples do not have the freedom to marry. 

Learn more about marriage litigation in Nebraska, and about all marriage litigation.

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