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This is a huge day for civil rights, and anti-discrimination in the state of Nebraska.
Nebraska child welfare officials have stopped following a 2 decade old policy that bars gays and lesbians from becoming foster parents. According to Gov. Pete Ricketts’ spokesman, "The state’s current procedure no longer considers the sexual orientation of people seeking to foster or adopt state wards."
The next step for securing equality for same sex couples wanting to be foster parents will be get Legislative Bill 647 passed. This bill would bar the state from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status or national origin in placing foster children or licensing foster homes.
Also, Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon filed an order Federal Court today (February 2, 2015) in order to protect the civil rights of same sex and LGBTQ couples looking to marry.
The order states, "IT IS ORDERED that all 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."
Congratulations Nebraska! Well done. Now, if we could only get Utah to do the same..
- omaha.com: Without fanfare, Nebraska lifts ban on gay people being foster parents
Nebraska welfare officials ignoring state’s ban on gay, unmarried foster parents
- towleroad.com: NEBRASKA ENDS BAN ON GAY FOSTER PARENTS
- KMTV - OMAHA, NE: ACLU challenges Nebraska policy banning gay foster parents