Nebraska Lawmakers Revive Same-Sex Marriage Debate


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- A group of lawmakers is trying to resolve legal conflicts for same-sex couples who qualify for federal marriage benefits, but whose relationships aren't recognized in Nebraska.

Lawmakers convened a hearing on Friday in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that wiped away part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The 5-4 ruling in June cleared the way for legally married same-sex couples to receive federal tax, health and pension benefits.

Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha says he plans to introduce a bill in next year's session that would allow same-sex marriage.

Nebraska's constitution doesn't recognize same-sex marriages, civil unions, or domestic partnerships. The amendment was approved by 70 percent of voters in 2000.

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