Omaha City Hall hosted three same-sex couples applying for marriage licenses on Valentine’s Day as part of a national day of protest. It was directed at states that will not recognize their relationships.
The couples could have been legally married in Iowa but instead chose to participate in the act of gentle civil disobedience over the river in Nebraska.
They filled out the form and stood in line like everybody else applying for licenses but the same-sex couples knew what was coming: a state-sponsored, Nebraska constitutional no.
Douglas County Clerk Thomas Cavanaugh said, "Well, according to the county attorney’s opinion, under Nebraska law we are not to issue licenses to same sex couples."
Tim Mohr and Levi Bultez have been together for three years. They knew they would be rejected for a marriage license but this was their way of making a statement.
Bultez said, "It's to make a point and to get Nebraskans to go to their government leaders and maybe file petitions so we can get same sex marriage legalized in Nebraska."
Mohr told us, "It was very, very disappointing. We're just like any other couple that can walk in there and get a marriage license. We have a house with a mortgage. We worry about paying the bills. We go to a church on Sunday. We belong to a bowling league. We're just as boring as any other opposite sex couple."
Those protesting are from the Metropolitan Community Church of Omaha and they are hoping and praying that the State of Nebraska will soon change its law and allow same sex couples to wed.
MMC Pastor Tom Emmett said, “I would put money on the next five years that Nebraska is going to do the right thing and join with the other states in the union and other countries across the world that same-sex marriage is a good thing for society."
Pastor Emmett said things are already changing. This is the 10th year of the protest and this is the first time that no one protested against them.