Federal Court Opens Marriage in Nebraska March 9, 2015 to Same-Sex Couples

Author: The Williams Institute
Published: Tuesday 3rd March 2015
Summary: Federal district court struck down Nebraska ban on same-sex marriage opening marriage to same-sex couples beginning March 9, 2015.


In Nebraska, there are 2,356 cohabiting same-sex couples, of whom 20% are raising an estimated 942 children in their homes.

Williams Institute research also suggests that nearly 1,200 of these couples will marry in the first three years, generating $8 million to the state and local economy of Nebraska and an additional $500,000 in sales tax revenue.

Spending related to same-sex couples' wedding ceremonies and celebrations is expected to create 31 to 94 jobs in the tourism and recreation sector for the state.

Key nationwide statistics include:

Williams Institute scholars have filed amicus briefs and served as expert witnesses in many cases concerning marriage rights for same-sex couples.

Numerous courts have relied explicitly on Williams Institute research in striking down bans on marriage for same-sex couples, including the Fourth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeals.


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