Thursday, March 5, 2015

Same-Sex Marriages Won't Begin In Nebraska On Monday, Appeals Court Rules

Trial court ruling striking down Nebraska’s marriage ban is on hold during the state’s appeal.

WASHINGTON — Marriages will not begin on Monday for same-sex couples in Nebraska, under a ruling this evening from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

A federal district court judge struck down the state's ban on same-sex couples' marriages on March 2. The injunction requiring marriage equality, however, was not going to go into effect until March 9.

The state filed a request for a stay from the 8th Circuit on March 3, and a three-judge panel of the court on Thursday granted the stay "pending the disposition of this appeal."

Judges Roger Wollman, a Reagan appointee, and William Benton and Lavenski Smith, George W. Bush appointees, granted the request.

The court also announced that it will include the Nebraska appeal in its previously announced upcoming hearing set for the week of May 11 on appeals of decisions striking down marriage bans in Arkansas, Missouri, and South Dakota.

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