A historic ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of same-sex marriage could come as early as tomorrow. Many legal scholars are predicting the court will rule in favor of same-sex marriage, which would overturn Nebraska's statewide ban against it.
Several same-sex couples, including some in the Omaha metro, have filed a lawsuit challenging Nebraska's ban. Now that lawsuit is stalled, with the outcome hinging on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision.
Nickolas Kramer and Jason Cadek are one of the same-sex couples represented in the lawsuit. After more than a decade as committed partners, they exchanged vows last year in Iowa, where same-sex marriage is legal. Yet, because they live in Omaha, their marriage is not legally recognized under Nebraska's current ban.
Kramer and Cadek are eagerly awaiting the Supreme Court's decision. Kramer told WOWT 6 News: "To me, it kind of feels like our entire future hinges on this moment."
Opponents of same-sex marriage are also keeping a watchful eye on the Supreme Court, including Omaha's Catholic Archdiocese. WOWT 6 News spoke to Father Jeff Mollner, who said: "We believe the definition of marriage isn't given to us by the courts, it's something we believe comes from God. I hope the Supreme Court decides not to change that definition."
If the Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage, the Douglas County Clerk's Office has all the necessary paperwork printed and is ready to start signing off on marriages. However, before those marriages can begin, county and state officials first need to read through the Court's ruling, so marriages likely couldn't happen immediately.