Today was a victory for seven Nebraska couples who filed a federal lawsuit fighting the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Their case was stalled in a lower federal court and its fate hinged on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision.
Now, with the nation's highest court affirming gay marriage rights, all Nebraska same-sex couples who are already legally married in other states will have their marriages officially recognized in Nebraska. Further, same-sex couples who are not currently married can now apply for and receive a valid Nebraska marriage license.
At a press conference in Omaha, just an hour after the Supreme Court's historic ruling, attorney Susan Koenig, who represented the Nebraska couples in the federal lawsuit, said: "Today we are celebrating liberty bells and wedding bells."
Plaintiffs Marj Plumb and Tracy Weitz were legally married in California before moving to Nebraska where their union wasn't recognized. The couple embraced at this morning's press conference, celebrating the legality of their marriage in their new home state. Plumb said: "I hope that our government officials can take the high road and step up and help Nebraskans ... recognize that this is a good thing."
Jason Cadek and Nickolas Kramer were another couple involved in the federal lawsuit. Today, along with their young adopted daughter Alice, they expressed joy and relief that their legal struggle has ended. After exchanging vows in Iowa, the Omaha couple's marriage now is also legal in Nebraska. Cadek told WOWT 6 News: "It's amazing as to what weight has liffted off your shoulders and how in a matter of seconds your life completely changes."
Kramer added: "We set out on this journey together as parents. To us this actually means in the eyes of Nebraska we can actually be a family."