Proposal would recognize same-sex marriage in state constitution

Published: Feb. 2, 2021 at 10:17 PM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KSNB) - Senator Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln introduced LR20CA this session which, if passed, would give Nebraskans a chance to vote on removing the section of the state constitution that says marriage is only recognized if it’s between a man and a woman.

It was just introduced this past week and it’s already facing some opposition.

“What this conversation really centers around is two conflicting ideas of what marriage is and what it’s purpose is,” Marion Minor who opposes the change said.

Miner is the Associate Director for Pro-Life and Family Policy for the Nebraska Catholic Conference. He told Local4 News he wants the constitution to stay as is.

“Marriage is essential purpose to attach mothers and fathers to their children and to each other,” Miner said. “Every child has a mother and a father. Marriage is the institution that protects children knowing their parents and being raised by them.”

As of February 2021, the state constitution says “only marriage between a man and woman shall be valid or recognized” and that “same sex relationships shall not be”.

While Miner wants to see this stay the same, across town Brian Whitecalf said he has fought for equality for ten years and, despite same sex marriage being legal at a federal level, he still wants to see it in the Nebraska constitution.

“We are in a different generation. We are more aware now about what love is and the diversity of different relationships,” Whitecalf said. “Maybe my grandparents didn’t always talk about someone who was gay or transgender, so we have come quite far.”

With the Supreme Court leaning more conservative now, Whitecalf said the LGBT community is worried that they may overturn marriage equality. He said the change would give Nebraskans some peace of mind.

“I want life to be fair,” Whitecalf said. “LGBT rights are important to every family in the world because there are LGBT kids and people and they want to have a future. They have dreams and hopes and one of those things are marriage.”

The next step would be for this proposal to go to debate and then to the floor for a vote. If passed, it will then go to the voters on the November 2022 ballot.

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