Same Sex Divorce - Nebraska

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A Raymond woman who married her same-sex partner five years ago in Iowa is now petitioning the Nebraska Supreme Court to be allowed to divorce.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Margie and Bonnie Nichols married in 2009. But when they filed for divorce last year, a Lancaster County District Court judge dismissed their petition, saying the court could not grant the divorce without recognizing the marriage.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Iowa since 2009. Nebraska doesn't recognize same-sex marriages, civil unions, or domestic partnerships, under a constitutional amendment approved by 70 percent of voters in 2000.

The Nichols' case currently is before the state Court of Appeals, but Bonnie Nichols' attorney, Megan Mikolajczyk of Omaha, has petitioned the state Supreme Court to hear it.

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