OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Citing recent rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, a civil liberties group will again challenge Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriage.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska confirmed Tuesday that it will file a lawsuit in federal court next week on behalf of several Nebraska residents.
We spoke with some in Lincoln's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community who see the nationwide trend moving toward marriage equality.
"It's definitely improving," Kyle Corr of Lincoln said. "I'm not going to fight against heterosexual marriage, so I don't understand why someone would continue to fight against something I want."
The ACLU also challenged the ban in 2003, and a federal judge struck it down in 2005. But in 2006, a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Nebraska's ban.
Since then, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a federal provision that denied a range of benefits to legally married gay couples. It also recently ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages.
Still, Corr doesn't think Nebraska will become the 33rd state to allow same-sex marriages.
"I don't think it'll happen this time," Corr said. "But, I'm okay with that. I can still live my life."
We reached out to the Nebraska Family Alliance who says it agrees with the 6th U.S. Circuit Court's ruling that states have the right to define marriage.
"Society should protect and strengthen marriage, not further undermine it," Executive Director, Al Riskowski, said in an E-mailed statement to Channel 8. "Nebraskans should be free to affirm through their laws that a child's mom and dad are both essential in the child's life."
The ACLU plans to announce more details about the lawsuit at a news conference Monday.