U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon has ruled that Nebraska’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Same-sex couples should be able to begin legally marrying on March 9.
"[A]ll relevant state officials are ordered to treat same-sex couples the same as different sex couples in the context of processing a marriage license or determining the rights, protections, obligations or benefits of marriage," he wrote in the order.
The Nebraska attorney general’s office has already said it will appeal the judge’s order.Attorney General Doug Peterson is confident the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals will grant the appeal.
Bataillon has struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage before; in 2005, the judge ruled the ban unconstitutional, but the Eight Circuit reversed his decision in July 2006.
Another one bites the dust! And in Nebraska, no less!