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Omaha Catholic Students Rally Behind Gay Teacher Fired For His Marriage: VIDEO

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Matthew Eledge (below), an elementary school teacher, was informed that he wouldn’t be coming back to Skutt Catholic, a school in Omaha, after he made the decision to marry his long-time partner. Though there were no complaints launched against Eledge, he was dismissed from his job soon after announcing his engagement to other faculty members.

Jon McMahan, Skutt Catholic’s president, was quick to point out that the school was well within its rights to dismiss any teacher they felt were not aligned with the school’s beliefs.

"If a staff member cannot commit to Catholic church teachings and doctrines, he or she cannot continue to be on staff at Skutt Catholic," he explained.

EledgeSoon after Eledge’s dismissal an online petition was launched urging McMahan and Skutt’s staff to bring the beloved teacher back. In a little under a month over 95,000 signed the petition, though McMahan has stated that he’s firm in his decision.

Similarly undeterred, Skutt’s student body continued to rally around the teacher. Students donned t-shirts proclaiming their support for Eledge during the school’s annual fundraiser to create scholarships for students-in-need. Eledge joined 700 of his students last week for the school’s fundraiser where they raised about $21,000.

Watch a report on the student efforts to rally behind Eledge here


Suspect In Nebraska Gay Pride Flag Arson Case Heads To Trial: VIDEO

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A Nebraska man arrested on suspicion of taking his neighbor’s pride flag off their front porch and burning it is officially headed to trial reports wowt.com. Cameron Mayfield attended a preliminary hearing with his defense attorney, James Martin Davis, in a Douglas County court room Wednesday morning. 

Davis asked that his client’s felony charge be reduced to a misdemeanor charge, arguing Mayfield didn’t know the couple is gay and doesn’t know that rainbow flags symbolize the gay community. The prosecution objected, arguing that the rainbow flag has symbolized the gay community for more than 40 years; the judge rejected Davis’ request, noting that a hearing is to establish probable cause to a crime, not to ascertain guilt or innocence.

Mayfield now faces a felony arson charge and hate crime and is headed to trial at a later date. Omaha Police Department Burglary Detective Chad Simmons noted in his testimony that the Mayfield family had a sign posted in their yard that read "Protect Traditional Marriage" six months before the crime occurred.

Screen Shot 2015-04-17 at 2.15.43 PMThe couple, Ariann Anderson and Jessica Meadows, filed a Harassment Protection Order against Mayfield after the incident; the court granted their request. The couple filed the order after police detectives informed the couple that Mayfield was making "delusional claims about stalking." At the time of the incident Mayfield's father told detectives that his son had recently lost his job and was drinking leading up to the incident. The couple has since replaced the flag and announced that they plan to marry again in their home state after a federal judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

After the hearing, Mayfield issued an apology on-air to the couple saying that it was a prank and that he doesn't "hate anybody or anything." The couple feels quite differently.

Said Ariann Anderson:

"Regarding Mr. Mayfield's comments: a prank is defined as a 'trick of an amusing or playful nature.' Mr. Mayfield's actions were neither amusing or playful. The events that night were frightening, especially considering that we have small children at home."

Watch Mayfield's on-air apology, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Nebraska Lesbian Couple’s Pride Flag Stolen And Burned By Neighbor: VIDEO

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An Omaha, Nebraska couple awoke in the middle of the night to find their neighbor from down the street stealing and lighting the pride flag they fly from their front porch on fire reports The New Civil Rights Movement. Ariann Anderson and Jess Meadows-Anderson woke up around midnight on Sunday after hearing noises outside their home, and both thought their home was being broken into. Jess ran downstairs to check on their two girls while Ariann ran to the window and saw the suspect, 23-year-old Cameron Mayfield who lives 10 houses down the street from the Andersons, flee with the smoldering remnants of their flag down the street. 

Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 5.37.57 PMPolice later arrested and charged Mayfield with felony second-degree arson; a resisting arrest charge was added after Mayfield attempted to flee from police when authorities tried to question him at his home. Mayfield’s father told media that his son recently lost his job, was denied unemployment benefits and was drinking at the time; Meadows-Anderson expressed some sympathy for Cameron.

Said Meadows-Anderson: 

"You almost feel bad for a minute. He’s a young man and he made a hate-filled, drunken mistake that will have a lasting effect on his life and his family."

The suspect’s father says Cameron will remain behind bars until after his arraignment but believes the incident wasn't motivated by hate. Meanwhile Jess and Ariann have bigger news to celebrate after a federal judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban, ruling it unconstitutional. The Andersons, who originally married in Iowa and plan to marry again in their home state once it becomes legal, have already replaced their burnt flag with a bigger, and much brighter, pride flag on their front porch.

You can watch the Anderson's interview with local news regarding the incident, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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. 

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP ... 

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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.

Watch their beautiful wedding video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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