ACLU asks judge to order Nebraska to recognize same-sex marriages while lawsuit pending


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LINCOLN, Nebraska — A civil liberties group is asking a judge to order Nebraska to recognize same-sex marriages while the group's legal challenge to the state's gay marriage ban is pending.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska filed a motion Tuesday for a preliminary injunction requiring the state to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples and allow same-sex couples to marry while the lawsuits proceeds. The motion cites the ACLU's likelihood of prevailing in the case. Same-sex couples can marry in at least 32 other states.

The ACLU is representing seven same-sex couples who sued last month to have their marriages recognized in Nebraska. The state doesn't recognize same-sex marriages, civil unions or even legalized domestic partnerships under a 2000 constitutional amendment overwhelmingly approved by voters.

State officials are fighting the lawsuit.

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