On March 1, Sen. Jen Day of Omaha introduced a constitutional amendment that would rid the Nebraska State Constitution of its same-sex marriage ban. This ban became legally unenforceable after the 2015 Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges.
Supporters of the constitutional amendment included Jayden Speed of Murray, a high-school senior, while Marion Miner of the Nebraska Catholic Conference opposed the amendment.
During this hearing of the Nebraska Legislature’s judiciary committee, Sen. John Fredrickson of Omaha introduced a legislative bill to replace language in Nebraska marriage licenses. In another effort to support the LGBTQ community, this bill would replace ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ with ‘spouse 1′ and spouse 2’.
Miner also testified as an opponent to this bill, while Jane Seu of the Nebraska ACLU supported this inclusion of gender-neutral language on marriage licenses.