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Nebraska High Court Ends Gay Adoption Ban

Nebraska High Court Ends Gay Adoption Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The seven-member Nebraska Supreme Court has unanimously affirmed a lower court decision that the state’s 1995 published policy banning adoptions and foster placements into any household with a “homosexual” in residence was unconstitutional. The ruling also nixed an informal policy adopted more recently by the state’s Department of Health and Human […]

Nebraska Judge Throws Out Anti-Gay Adoption, Foster Care Policy    

Nebraska Judge Throws Out Anti-Gay Adoption, Foster Care Policy    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A county judge in Nebraska has ruled that the state’s policy for approving adoptions of state wards and licensing eligible foster parents violates the rights of gay people and same-sex couples. Lancaster County District Judge John A. Colborn’s August 5 ruling invoked the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision in Obergefell v. […]

Federal Judge Orders Nebraska to End Marriage Ban; Delays Order Eight Days

Federal Judge Orders Nebraska to End Marriage Ban; Delays Order Eight Days

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Finding that Nebraska’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause, a federal district court has granted a motion by seven same-sex couples for a preliminary injunction against its enforcement. Senior District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon, ruling on March 2, denied the state’s request to stay his […]