A state senator sees no need for the state to consider lifting its ban on same-sex marriage.
Sen. Mark Christensen of Imperial says the people of Nebraska have spoken and there is only one reason the issues has come back up.
“It’s the liberal press, the liberal legislators, the courts that are liberal that are trying to change an agenda instead of operating as a republic as we are,” Christensen tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha, chairman of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, plans to hold a public hearing on the state ban on same-sex marriage this fall in wake of recent US Supreme Court rulings. 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.
Christensen says the people have spoken on the issue and he hasn’t seen any evidence they have changed their minds.
“I don’t think there’s a will of the people to change it. I think we’re wasting our time.”
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this report.