The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has granted the state’s request to stay the order of U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon, which was to go into effect on Monday.
No reason was given for the action.
The court did schedule oral arguments on the Nebraska law for May 12th in Omaha, combining it with three other challenges to same-sex marriage bans in other Midwestern states.
The United States Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments on similar marriage laws in Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio for April 28th. The Supreme Court is expected to rule by the end of June.
Judge Bataillon delayed his order from going into effect for a week, giving Attorney General Doug Peterson time to appeal to the 8th Circuit.
“We are glad the Court has granted the stay because it provides current stability in Nebraska’s marriage licensing process,” Peterson said in a written statement released by his office.