Appeals Court Hears Arguments in Nebraska's Same-Sex Ban

1 decade 1 year 1 month ago February 13, 2006 Feb 13, 2006 Monday, February 13 2006 Monday, February 13, 2006 4:22:01 PM CST in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Nebraska's chief deputy attorney general says gays and lesbians have other means to access protections afforded to heterosexual couples. Deputy AG Matt McNair urged a three-judge federal appeals court in St. Louis today to restore Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriage. But attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union argued that Nebraska's six-year-old ban on gay marriage forces gays and lesbians to "use the back door" to gain legal protections. ACLU Attorney Tamara Lange says the US Supreme Court has held government cannot force them to do that. Nebraska voters approved the constitutional amendment in 2000. But a federal district judge last year ruled it was too broad and deprived homosexuals participation in the political process.

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