Amanda Bergeron-Bauer, left, and Crystal Bergeron-Bauer pose for a photo in Lincoln, Neb., Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, as their 5 year-old son Emmett joins the picture. Amanda Bergeron-Bauer, 34, and her partner of 15 years, Crystal, have been married less than a year, but went through the process of legally changing their names in 2009, after deciding to have a child. Amanda fears that should anything happen to her, the 5-year-old son she bore could be taken from Crystal, who is not recognized by the state of Nebraska as the boy's legal parent, even though she and Amanda have raised the boy together since his birth. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (The Associated Press)
Sue Stroesser poses for a photo in Omaha, Neb., Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. Stroesser has been denied a Nebraska driver’s license under her married name because the DMV won’t recognize her Iowa same sex marriage certificate. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (The Associated Press)
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.