July 31, 2014

State senator says it’s time for Nebraska to reconsider same-sex marriage

A state senator says it is time for Nebraska to reconsider its ban on same-sex unions.

Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha, chairman of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, plans to hold a public hearing on the issue this fall in wake of recent US Supreme Court rulings.

Ashford, though, doesn’t believe the state is ready to accept same-sex marriage.

“No, I don’t think gay marriage today; if a vote went to the people of Nebraska, I think they would reject it. That’s my view. But, I do think we are ready to debate in public, in public forums across the state, whether the restrictions ought to be loosened and that’s where I think we are,” Ashford tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.

Nebraska bans both same-sex marriage and civil unions through its state constitution. Any proposed change would have to be placed on the ballot either through the Unicameral or by initiative petition.

Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this report.