LINCOLN, NE — (01-31-21) — Nebraska state Senator Patty Pansing Brooks presented a ballot measure to a legislative committee last Friday that would abolish the state’s unenforceable gay marriage ban.
Senator Brooks argued that voters should have the chance to once and for all get rid of the ban on same-sex marriage that is currently in the Nebraska Constitution. The main reason is because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that such restrictions violate the U.S. Constitution and can’t be enforced.
Putting the issue on the ballot would allow the good people of Nebraska to show that public attitudes toward same-sex marriage have changed in the state.
The amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman was added to Nebraska’s constitution in 2000 with 70% support from voters.
The Senator who represents the Lincoln district, said the measure would help create an image of Nebraska as a welcoming place for young people and help the state’s struggling economy.
As it expected, conservative groups were quick to oppose the measure, saying on right wing media outlets that the voters have already spoken and that marriage can only be between one man and one woman. They also said that the purported economic benefits are overblown.
What else can one expect from the party who craves for the days of the 1940s.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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