BREAKING: Federal Judge Lifts Nebraska Marriage Ban Effective March 9th

Via Omaha’s ABC affiliate: “A federal judge has struck down Nebraska’s ban on same-sex marriage. According to an order filed in federal court Monday, Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon said ‘all relevant state officials are ordered to treat same-sex couples the same as different sex couples in the context of processing a marriage license or determining the rights, protections, obligations or benefits of marriage.’ The order is effective March 9 at 8 a.m.”

Read the ruling.

UPDATE: Freedom To Marry reacts:

“Every day that loving and committed couples are denied the freedom to marry in the decreasing number of states that still discriminate against same-sex couples and their families is a day of tangible hardships and indignity. Fortunately, Nebraska may soon no longer be one of those discriminating states, thanks to today’s strong ruling from yet another court — the 65th in the past two years — affirming the freedom to marry. It is time for the U.S. Supreme Court to bring the country to national resolution and end marriage discrimination for all Americans.”