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Lincoln, Nebraska Mayor Extends City Benefits to Gay Married Couples

Same-sex spouses of city employees are set to receive medical, dental, life and vision insurance and the same retirement benefits that straight couples receive, the Lincoln Journal Star reports.

BeutlerMayor Chris Beutler approved the changes in light of new Blue Cross and Blue Shield policies prompted by the SCOTUS Windsor ruling.

The Journal Star:

Beutler’s decision to accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s definition of marriage, which includes same-sex marriages, opens the door to city benefits being extended to same-sex spouses of city employees. The city’s insurance carrier changed its definition of marriage following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that struck down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act.

The high court’s ruling in U.S. v. Windsor invalidated the portion of the federal act that defined marriage as between a man and a woman and prohibited federal benefits from being denied to legally married same-sex couples.

“The city accepted the new definition because it doesn't make sense to deny legally married same-sex couples the same insurance benefits that we grant to other legally married couples,” said Rick Hoppe, Beutler's chief of staff.

The change became effective on November 1. Nebraska has its own Defense of Marriage Act which county officials cited last month in refusing to extend pension benefits to same-sex spouses of employees, but the county must adhere to some new federal rules following the SCOTUS ruling. The ACLU filed suit in November challenging Nebraska's ban on gay marriage.


Nebraska Elementary School Tells Bullied Students to Suck it Up and Not Snitch

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A disturbing piece of news out of Lincoln, Nebraska where administrators at the Zeman Elementary School apparently thought it would be useful to send the above flyer home with students to help them deal with bullying.

Among the flyer’s gems of wisdom:

Treat the person who is being mean as if they are trying to help you. No matter how insulting or mean they may sound, be grateful and think they really care about you.

Do not verbally defend yourself. When one person attacks and the other person is the defender, the attacker is in the stronger position, so the defender is automatically the loser.

Do not tell on bullies. The number one reason bullies hate their victims is because the victims tell on them. Telling makes the bully want to retaliate. Tell an adult only when real injury or crime (theft of something valuable) has occurred.

Naturally, the s**t hit the fan when this flyer found its way to the internet. The school’s principal, Donna Williams, has issued a letter to parents and students now claiming it was all just a “miscommunication,” and that the district really does take bullying seriously.

Sounds like a violation of Rule #4 if you ask me…

[via Aksarbent]


Nebraska Woman Found Guilty of Faking Anti-Gay Hate Crime

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Charlie Rogers, the Lincoln, Nebraska lesbian who claimed she was attacked by three men who broke into her home and carved "dyke" into her stomach before setting her house ablaze pleaded no contest and was found guilty, the AP reports:

Charlie Rogers entered the plea Monday afternoon in Lancaster County Court and was found guilty of the misdemeanor charge of false reporting. Lancaster County Judge Gale Pokorny ordered sentencing for Feb. 14.

Rogers also claimed the men spray-painted slurs on her walls. Her original claims prompted hundreds of people to gather for anti-hate rallies. The police later uncovered overwhelming evidence that she had lied.

Rogers faces a maximum one year jail term.


Nebraska Woman Accused of Faking Horrific Anti-Gay Hate Crime Still Claims It Happened: VIDEO

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Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary including the fact that she was identified buying the zip ties, gloves and box cutter used in the alleged attack by a clerk at Ace hardware, Nebraska lesbian Charlie Rogers continues to insist she was attacked, attacking Lincoln, Nebraska police for a botched investigation in a new video posted to YouTube this week.

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WefoundudykeRogers claimed in July that three men broke into her home, tied her up, carved 'dyke' into her stomach and then tried to set her home ablaze. They also allegedly painted slurs on her walls. Rogers reportedly crawled from her house, naked and bleeding and screaming for help before reaching the doorstep of a neighbor's home.

She was charged with faking a hate crime. There has been no plea agreement and the case is expected to go to trial.

The Journal Star reports:

Police Chief Jim Peschong challenged Rogers’ accusations. Investigators worked the case hard, he said Tuesday. Police brought in an FBI agent to put an outside set of eyes on the case. The chief said investigators interviewed all the key players at least once, and several of them multiple times.

“We took this particular case seriously from the get-go,” Peschong said. Investigators, he said, never found evidence to back up Rogers’ story.

He declined to say exactly when investigators started to suspect Rogers lied, but said it was “awhile after” the alleged attack. “It was quite a bit later on, and then all of a sudden, things that she was telling us were not adding up,” Peschong said. “We couldn’t get anything to support some of her claims she was making.”

Police said they found no sign of a struggle at Rogers’ house, no blood on the bedspread where she said the men cut her and a forensic pathologist from the FBI determined that Rogers made the cuts herself or they were done with her permission, according to her arrest warrant.

Says Rogers in the video: "The perpetrators of my crime are still out there. They are. It wasn’t me. I wouldn’t say I did it then, and I won’t say I did it now. I am innocent.”

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Nebraska Woman Who Had 'Dyke' Carved Into Her Stomach in Home Invasion Speaks Out: VIDEO

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Last Sunday, three men broke into Charlie Rogers' home and attacked her, binding her with zip ties before carving the word "dyke" into her stomach and painting anti-gay phrases on her wall. They then poured gasoline on her floor and attempted to light her house on fire.

WefoundudykeAccording to a friend, Rogers reportedly "crawled from her house, naked and bleeding and screaming for help before reaching the doorstep" of a neighbor's home.

Now Roger has decided to come forward in an interview with KETV about the incident because people are doubting her story.

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Says Rogers, a former basketball player at the University of Nebraska, avid volunteer and small business owner: "My world has been changed forever...For people to think this doesn't happen here, it does. It did."

Rogers says that to have her integrity questioned feels "victimizing again, saddening."

"The idea that people think it's a lie is so hurtful. It's understandable. Intellectually I understand that people have a hard time wrapping their heads around what happened. So do I. But I'm a person, with feelings, with concerns. It's just so...it feels like a punch in the stomach. Like a betrayal, instead of the focus being on safety, healing...I'm not a pawn in a game. I'm a person."

CNN adds:

Rogers said she had tried to keep her identity secret after the incident. But she decided to go public Thursday because there have been allegations that the attack did not happen.

"For people to think this doesn't happen here, it does. It did," Rogers told the affiliate.

Rogers' attorney, Megan Mikolajczyk, told CNN Rogers wanted to make it clear it was not "a hoax." Asked if there was anyone specific they were addressing, Mikolajczyk said there was not, but that she wasn't surprised there were naysayers.

"I don't think it's safe or necessary to point the finger at any one individual," Mikolajczyk said. "I think its par for the course for any sort of high profile incident for people to question what happened."

The incident has been classified as a hate crime.

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Police Have No Suspects in Horrific Anti-Gay Hate Crime Against Lincoln, Nebraska Woman

Police on Monday said they have no suspects in the horrific hate crime in which three men in ski masks targeted a Lincoln, Nebraska woman in her own home, carved "dyke" into her stomach and attempted to light her house on fire, the Journal Star reports:

LincolnThe woman told police three masked men came in but gave no further description, Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood said. Investigators have no suspects.

Police said Monday they still were investigating the case but declined to release details of what they think happened. If police zero in on suspects, investigators want details about the crime to come from their memory, not from what they've read or seen in the media, Flood said.

"We don't want to provide too many details," she added.

The paper adds:

The victim has lived in her house six years, according to neighbor Linda Rappl. The woman mowed neighbors’ lawns, raked leaves and helped Rappl shovel snow.

“(The attackers) only saw a small part of who she was,” Rappl said.

CNN reports that the woman is out of the hospital and staying in an emergency shelter.


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