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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..

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Rosalina Burton's picture

It really tears me apart to hear that there are still states that bare loving individuals from parenting and even so that those who don't are not actively protecting these parents from having a fair shot at housing abused and/or orphaned children. Everyone deserves to be loved and to love others. How can the government deny two different parties the happiness that uniting them will bring. We may be different but in more ways we are all the same and anyone who truly has a heart for youth and want to make a difference deserves the chance to do so no matter what sexual orientation they or their significant other are. These children are wise beyond their years and can decide for themselves what type of family they want to be apart of but one thing I can almost guarantee is that the most important deciding factor will not be the sex of their foster parents but the love and attentiveness.