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Red State Legislator Announces Public Hearings To Begin Repeal Of The State’s ‘DOMA’ Amendment

by Jean Ann Esselink on July 1, 2013

in Civil Rights,DOMA,Jean Ann Esselink,News

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Nebraska State Senator Brad Ashford announced Friday that he plans to hold public hearings to begin the process of recognizing same-sex couples married in other states.

“We need to forge ahead in my view and join the rest of the country in recognizing marriage equality. How we get there will be very difficult.”

Difficult might be an understatement. Nebraska voters passed their own “DOMA” amendment to the State Constitution in 2000 by over 70% of the popular vote. The amendment reads: “Only marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in Nebraska.  The uniting of two persons of the same sex in a civil union, domestic partnership or other similar same-sex relationship shall not be valid or recognized in Nebraska.”

“It’s a hard one for some who have grown up in a traditional view of marriage. I get it,” Senator Ashford told reporters. “But there’s nothing in marriage equality that will prevent those traditional values to continue.”

Senator Ashford, a former judge and mayoral candidate who lists his party affiliation as Independent, says he will begin the process of repealing Nebraska’s DOMA amendment by holding public hearings. The first of those hearings will discuss recognizing the same-sex couples residing in Nebraska, who were married in states where it is legal to do so.

Senator Ashford says he will emphasize the economic component of recognizing same-sex couples, who might otherwise leave the state, or not move to Nebraska in favor of states that offer them the financial and tax benefits of a married couple. Another issue discussed will be what rights to grant to same-sex couples serving at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska. Senator Ashford plans to begin the series of public hearings this fall.



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sdfrenchie July 1, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Senator Ashford is a brave and logical man. If the red states lost their gay populations, the tax revenue would drop quite severely and they'd be begging Washington for help. I, for one, don't wish to help red states in any manner because they are continually interfering with the progressive blue states, trying to undo what our legislators and Washington, D.C. have already done.

The haters in Arizona are already trying to appeal the Prop. 8 decision and once again shut down gay marriage. I think we should shut down our beaches to Arizonans and let them suffocate in their heat. Tit for Tat. We could, you know, institute a rule requiring a "beach-user's photo ID" to keep people from Arizona from coming here and dirtying our beaches. I've seen what they do to the Arizona wilderness. So much litter in the creeks around Sedona and other beautiful places. It's disgusting.

Nationwide, Newt Gingrich and Pat Robertson, etc. have a hand in intimidating other states into bending to their will and will continue to do so as long as they breathe. Evangelicals have so much money that Jesus would be very busy overturning the tables in their giant tabernacles. Just waiting for their dirty secrets to be brought to light and, like Jerry Falwell and Jim Bakker, they go down in shame. And Kathryn Culman (sp.), who believe in miracles, drove off with her chauffeur in their limousine and lived happily ever on the cash she hauled in from her followers!

If they weren't so damned evil they'd be a laughing matter.

sdfrenchie July 1, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Sorry, Senator Ashford. I got carried away and forgot to thank you for your efforts. Please make sure you have plenty of security around you from this point forward. I'm sure the haters will be flocking your way to stop you.

bruwhhh July 1, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Finally a logical politician

StanJames July 1, 2013 at 9:38 pm

I guess he's taking after a senator from the deep south whose position on many issues has people saying he wants to save the repub party ( from the teabaggers and religious extremists)

If Rove and his gang dont get their head out of the dirt, the prarty will be like an ostrich burrying its head – while its neck gets bit in two by another animal.

But to all who support equality, please remember – relgious extremists never give up the fight. We must be sure this isn't an example of trying to get the gay community to vote for some people who would buy the rope to hang our gay citizens. In my experiences with the gay community, lots of them have spent their lives avoiding politics, and arent ver sophisticated, eg hardly any of them realize Romney is a Mormon bishop. The Mormons btw were the largest funders of the prop 8 campaign in CA back in 2008


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