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Hunky Nebraska Senator Poignantly Smacks Down Anti-Gay Witness During Committee Hearing: VIDEO

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A Nebraska state senator obliterated an anti-gay witness Wednesday during a committee hearing on a bill that would allow gays to serve as foster parents. 

Nebraska is one of only two states, along with Utah, that prohibits gay foster parents, and the law is currently being challenged in court. 

Sen. Jeremy Nordquist, D-Omaha, has also introduced a bill to overturn the ban, which was heard by the Unicameral's Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. 

Anti-gay attorney Greg Neuhaus told the committee he felt the bill is "promoting an agenda," according to a video posted by Aksarbent

Sen. Adam Morfeld, D-Lincoln (above), a committee member who has also introduced pro-LGBT legislation, responded that Nordquist's measure would merely ban discrimination.  

Neuhaus then said that in addition to sexual orientation, the bill would also ban discrimination based on marital status, saying he's "just as opposed to placing a child with an unmarried heterosexual couple."   

"And why's that, sir?" Morfeld responded, his voice rising. 

"Because I don't think it's in the best interest of the child," Neuhaus said. 

Morfeld"So, my mother was a single mother for 15 years," Morfeld said. "I grew up, I didn't get into trouble. I went to school. I went to school after working full-time for two years. I went to night school while working full-time for two years. I had a part-time job on top of that. And then I went to the University of Nebraska and worked my way through the University of Nebraska, and then after that I went to the University of Nebraska College of Law. During that time, I started a nonprofit that now employs 30 full- and part-time staff. My mother was a single mother. Did she do something wrong?"

"I didn't say she did. No," Neuhaus responded.

Sensing he was in trouble, Neuhaus then tried to get up and leave the witness table.

"I'm not going to just be lectured to," he said. "If you want to ask me a question, I'll answer it."

Morfeld responded that Neuhaus could walk away, but he was going to finish regardless. 

"Under your rationale," Morfeld said, "my mother who's a single mother likely isn't the most fit parent, and the point that I'm trying to make is that fit parents come in all shapes and sizes, all kinds of sexual orientations, and that's all I have to say. Thank you for your testimony." 

Drops mic. 

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Omaha In Favor of Marriage Equality Despite Statewide Opposition

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According to a poll conducted by the Omaha World Herald, support for same-sex marriage in Nebraska’s largest city is at an all-time high. Compared to the rest of the Nebraska, the state-wide survey found, Omaha remains disproportionately supportive of LGBT equality. While a plurality of Omaha residents reported being in favor of legislation that would mandate marriage equality, 54% of Nebraskans overall reported  being opposed to such a law.

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“Even though marriage has been overturned in a vast majority of states, in almost every situation it was a federal judge who overturned it and not the will of the people,” said executive director of the Nebraska Family Alliance AJ Riskowski.

Nevertheless, advocates for Nebraskan same sex marriage are preparing to push back against the state’s current ban on gay marriage that was signed into law in 2000. Last month the Nebraskan branch of the ACLU filed a new class-action lawsuit challenging the Constitutionality of Nebraska’s ban.

“Our lawsuit recognizes that sometimes citizens must turn to the beautiful saving grace of the courts in our system of government to protect their constitutional rights,” said Danielle Conrad, executive director of the ACLU of Nebraska.

For all of the hope that the World Herald’s Omaha respondents have reflect, the numbers from the state as a whole reflect an uphill battle for gays and lesbians. Both Conrad and Riskowski point out the fact that a decision to repeal or overturn Nebraska’s ban would ultimately fall into the hands of the state’s overwhelmingly conservative voters.


Gay Wedding Video Of The Day: Michael And Marty

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Marty & mumMichael and Marty were married in Omaha on September 27th.

Marty's family traveled over from Ireland for the wedding.

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Nebraska University To Offer Same-Sex Spouse Health Benefits Despite Catholic Church Objections - VIDEO

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Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, has announced that it will soon offer health benefits to employee’s same-sex spouses despite the objections of Catholic archbishop George J. Lucas, reports KETV7 ABC.

Creighton UniversityOutlining the decision in a letter sent Monday to trustees, President Rev. Timothy Lannon, said that although Creighton continues to support the Catholic Church's teaching about marriage, the university is taking this step to meet the needs of its employees and remain competitive with other universities that already offer similar benefits.

Lannon added that 21 of the 28 Jesuit universities in the U.S. already offer similar benefits.

The letter to trustees reads in part:

"Dear Trustees,

"This is to inform you that I have decided that Creighton University will extend healthcare benefits in 2015 to the same-sex spouses of our colleagues who have been legally wed in other states.

"I have notified Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha of my decision, acknowledging his disagreement and disapproval of such a decision based upon a previous conversation he and I had.

"I asked the University Benefits Committee to consider benefits coverage for legally married same-sex couples. They were unanimous in supporting this change. The extension of benefits is not a statement of approval of same-sex marriages but rather an acknowledgement of our responsibility to serve the needs of faculty and staff who faithfully serve our students and patients every day.

"This decision not only reflects a commitment to our colleagues, but our ongoing commitment to health and wellness.

"I anticipate that we may receive some negative media attention for this decision. Nevertheless, I believe it was the right thing to do."

However, in a statement made on the same day, Lucas expressed his disappointment with the decision, arguing that it is in fact an approval of same-sex marriage.  He added:

“I am dismayed that the recommendation of the University Benefits Committee is thought to supersede divine law regarding marriage. There is no tension between Catholic teaching and social justice; both are grounded in the same truths about the nature of the human person, the complementarity of man and woman and the meaning of human life and love.

"When we experience tension in ensuring respect and just treatment for all persons, including those with same-sex attraction, we have a right to expect a Catholic university to help us see a just path forward, rooted in faith and founded on the rich Catholic intellectual tradition. Creighton has failed to fulfill this expectation in this expansion of benefits."

Last year, a ticket giveaway for Creighton University students to see Macklemore & Ryan Lewis was postponed following protests from the Omaha school's Catholic Student Organization over the rap duo's vocal support for marriage equality.

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Omaha Man Beaten by Three Men After Defending Gay Friends: VIDEO

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Ryan Langenegger, an Omaha man, was beaten over the weekend after sticking up for his gay friends, KMTV reports:

Out with two of his gay friends in the Old Market Saturday night, they decided to grab a bite at PepperJax Bar and Grill. Inside a group of three guys started to verbally harass his friends. Ryan said, to avoid confrontation they left PepperJax.
 
The three men followed them outside.
 
"My friend then said, yes, I know I'm a boy in a dress. After that he said, "yes I know", some "colorful words" and disgusting. I said hey guys, we're not looking for any trouble, just trying to get home. Just trying to get home", said Langenegger.
 
Ryan stepped forward and tried to stop the incident. Instead he took a hard blow to the face.

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Creighton Catholic Student Group Blocks School's Macklemore Ticket Giveaway Over Gay Marriage

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A ticket giveaway for Creighton University students to see Macklemore & Ryan Lewis was postponed earlier this week following protests from the Omaha school's Catholic Student Organization over the rap duo's vocal support for marriage equality.

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CreightonThe Omaha World-Herald reports that members of the student group sent letters to the school paper and to the Catholic university's president, Rev. Timothy Lannon, expressing their opposition to the giveaway.

"We realize that not every act or performer that Creighton promotes will be in absolute accordance with Catholic values, but when artists so deliberately and outwardly advocate such a position, they should not be publicly supported," wrote James Doyle, the student group president, in a letter to group members obtained by The World-Herald.

In an open letter published in "The Creightonian," Creighton's student newspaper, students Ben Thompson and Christina Laubenthal went further.

"University backing of any kind for (Maklemore) and Lewis is in direct opposition with Catholic social teaching and Creighton's stated values...CSU's actions indicate that Creighton endorses (Macklemore) and Lewis as well as their position on same-sex marriage."

The students also asked that Creighton cancel the ticket giveaway

The letters set off a online firestorm, causing the university's student newspaper website to crash. School officials then delayed the giveaway until they could address the concerns of the students involved. Ultimately, in a response statement, officials announced that the ticket distribution would continue. 

The university said it is focused on educating students on social issues and that, "in the past, the university has hosted debates on the issue of same-sex marriage. We have had open sessions on this topic which centered on (Catholic) tenets of understanding and inclusion."

A spokeswoman for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis said they were not available for comment.

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