OMAHA, Neb. – Same-sex marriage bans across the country are falling while some Nebraska officials are holding strong to the state's status of having one of the nation's most restrictive laws.
Nebraska voters passed a state constitutional amendment in 2000 banning same-sex marriages, civil unions or even legalized domestic partnerships. It has withstood all legal challenges.
Sue Stroesser, a Nebraska native who recently moved back, learned how far-reaching the ban is when she was denied a Nebraska driver's license in her married name. Officials wouldn't accept her Iowa marriage license to another woman.
Amanda Bergeron-Bauer lives with the fear that should anything happen to her, her 5-year-old son could be taken from her wife, who is not recognized by Nebraska as a parent.