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Nebraska panel to look into whether to recognize gay marriages from other states

OMAHA, Neb. -- An Omaha state senator who is in favor of same-gender marriage says he will conduct a public hearing this fall on whether Nebraska should recognize gay marriages performed in other states.

“We need to forge ahead in my view and join the rest of the country in recognizing marriage equality,” Sen. Brad Ashford told the Omaha World-Herald. “How we get there will be very difficult.”

Nebraskans voted in November 2000 to ban same-gender marriages. Consensual same-gender sexual activity has been legal in Nebraska since 1977, but other LGBT protections are non-existent.

Ashford said the Judiciary Committee will meet in Oct. 4 to review the state's constitutional amendment that bans marriage equality. He said the review is needed since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act.

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