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May 8, 2015

Judge rules it is not up to the court to decide whether homosexuality is sinful

A federal judge on Thursday (7 May) dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Nebraska woman against all homosexuals.

Sylvia Driskell, 66, was suing on behalf of plaintiffs God and Jesus Christ and wanted the courts t0 decide whether homosexuality is a sin.

May 6, 2015

'Homosexuals know it is a sin to live a life of homosexuality. Why else would they have been hiding in the closet?'

A Nebraska woman has filed a federal lawsuit against all LGBTI people on Earth for breaking 'religious and moral laws', on behalf of plaintiffs God and Jesus Christ.

Sylvia Ann Driskell, 66, filed a seven-page handwritten gramatically incorrect petition at an Omaha court, asking US District Judge John M Gerrard to decide once and for all if homosexuality is a sin.

March 19, 2015

As anti-gay legislation allowing businesses to discriminate edges closer to becoming law in the state, an Indianapolis man says he is ‘very surprised’ by an explosion of interest he has had in his ‘Open for Service’ sticker campaign

The US is currently seeing a wave of anti-LGBT bills being introduced by lawmakers.

Many of these bills are concerned with ensuring that business owners with strong religious beliefs are legally permitted to refuse service to LGBT customers.

Although it is those companies that have refused to provides services for same-sex marriages that have been making headlines, businesses that are happy to support all sections of the community are now making themselves heard.

March 18, 2015

The Human Rights Campaign’s ‘Equality is Out Business’ program was launched in the state this week

Following its arrival earlier this month in Nebraska and Arkansas, the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) ‘Equality is Our Business’ program was launched in Alabama this week.

Within the US, Alabama has a comparatively poor record in relation to LGBT rights.

It does not have laws prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, does not allow same-sex couples to adopt, and has no specific hate crime laws relating to gay or transgender people.

March 4, 2015

HRC Nebraska and HRC Arkansas have announced details of their ‘Equality is Our Business’ programs

Developed by Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America’s largest civil rights organization, the Equality is Our Business initiative has the following aim: to encourage 10,000 US business and organizations to stand up for diversity.

Businesses that sign the pledge join others that support workplace equality and equal treatment in housing and public accommodations.

March 2, 2015

'It's just a reminder that hate is still out there'

A 23-year-old man is behind bars after allegedly burning down a rainbow flag on fire in Omaha, Nebraska.

Cameron Mayfield, 23, stole a rainbow flag from his neighbors, set it on fire, and ran through the neighborhood, according to police.

It comes as Nebraska has lifted the ban on same-sex couples from becoming foster parents last week.

Ariann Anderson and Jess Meadows-Anderson, a married couple who live next door, said it went 'beyond vandalism or a threat' as it was a 'direct attack'.

March 2, 2015

Could become the 38th US state with marriage equality

A federal judge has overturned Nebraska's state ban on same-sex marriage.

District Judge Joseph Bataillon has ruled the ban is unconstitutional, allowing county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on 9 March.

'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,' he said.

Attorney General Doug Peterson is appealing the judge's order.

March 2, 2015

Could become the 38th US state with marriage equality

A federal judge has overturned Nebraska's state ban on same-sex marriage.

District Judge Joseph Bataillon has ruled the ban is unconstitutional, allowing county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on 9 March.

'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,' he said.

Attorney General Doug Peterson is appealing the judge's order.

March 2, 2015

'Nothing is more important than the best interests of the child, and it’s critical that the department take steps to ensure that both policy and procedure reflect that goal'

Nebraska is silently stepping away from a policy that prohibits LGBTI adults from being foster parents.

February 5, 2015

Amendment to gun legislation challenges the state's ban on gay marriage

Nebraska may have just accidentally recognized gay marriage despite a state ban on same-sex unions.

The Nebraska Legislature yesterday (4 February) voted 38 to 0 in favor of an amendment to a bill that would waive the 180-day residency period for military spouses who want to apply for gun permits.

Sen Paul Schumacher of Columbus proposed the amendment, which applies to 'anyone receiving the federal benefits of a military spouse.'

February 2, 2015

Karma Nightclub & Cabaret burned to the ground on Saturday night and authorities are yet to determine the cause of the blaze

A popular gay nightclub in Lincoln, Nebraska was destroyed by fire on Saturday night and authorities will have to wait weeks to determine the cause because of freezing weather.

More than a dozen fire crews attended the scene of the fire at Karma Nightclub & Cabaret and had to deal with water freezing on their equipment and the ground while they fought to try to contain the huge fire – one of the largest they have had to battle in recent memory.

The fire is believed to have started on or near the club’s stage around 7.45pm on Saturday night.

December 3, 2014

'Let Glory diadem the mighty dead/Let monuments of brass and marble rise/To those who have upon our being shed/A golden halo, borrowed from the skies'

There is a new Walt Whitman poem to memorize.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln associate professor Wendy Katz was working her way through penny newspapers at the Library of Congress when she came across a work titled To Bryant, the Poet of Nature. The author was listed as W.W.

November 3, 2014

November is National Adoption Month in the US. Both the Family Equality Council and the Human Rights Campaign have launched initiatives to help prospective LGBTI parents to realize their dreams

Are you living in the US and considering adoption? If so, you’re not alone.

According to a recent National Family Growth Survey, an estimated two million LGB adults are interested in building a family through adoption.

However, the process is not always a smooth one – or even possible – depending on where you reside.

Whereas California allows LGBT adoption, Nebraska prohibits fostering by two unrelated adults – a policy that activists say has been consistently enforced against same-sex couples.

February 21, 2014

A US study published this month in the American Journal of Public Health has found that anti-gay prejudice is bad for straight people’s health

Homophobes die 2.5 years younger than non-prejudiced heterosexuals according to a new study that suggests anti-gay prejudice is not only bad for the health of LGBTI people but also the people who hate them.

The study, by researchers at the University of Columbia and the University of Nebraska, was published in the American Journal of Public Health earlier this month and found higher mortality rates among homophobes regardless of their social economic status and other health factors.

January 16, 2014

While Jared Leto looks set to win Best Supporting Actor, lesbian love French film Blue Is The Warmest Color was snubbed at the Academy Awards

This year’s nominations at the 2014 Academy Awards of interest to LGBTI viewers are few and far between this year.

Jared Leto is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a trans woman with AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club, and is likely to be the front-runner following his win at the Golden Globes.

Philomena, a British film about a mother’s 50-year search for her gay son, scooped three nominations including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actress for star Judi Dench.

January 8, 2014

Matt Damon and Dame Judi Dench have been nominated in the British film awards for their roles in LGBTI movies

Gay films Behind the Candelebra and Philomena are leading the BAFTA nominations announced today (8 January).

The film about the life of gay musician Liberace and his lover starring Matt Damon was nominated for five British film awards at a ceremony in London this morning.

As it struggled to receive financing in Hollywood because of the gay theme, it will not be eligible for an Academy Award (Oscars) as it was only shown on television in the US.

November 28, 2013

Other LGBTI-themed nominees include Concussion, Blue is the Warmest Color and Pit Stop

Dallas Buyers Club, a film that tells the story of alternative AIDS treatments during the early days of the epidemic, garnered Spirit Award nominations this week for two of its stars.

Matthew McConaughey got a nod for best actor for his portrayal of a straight man infected with AIDS who goes outside the system to fund life-extending treatments.

His co-star, Jared Leto, was nominated in the supporting actor category for his performance as a transgender woman with the disease who becomes the unlikely business partner of McConaughey's character.

November 28, 2013

Other LGBTI-themed nominees include Concussion, Blue is the Warmest Color and Pit Stop

Dallas Buyers Club, a film that tells the story of alternative AIDS treatments during the early days of the epidemic, garnered Spirit Award nominations this week for two of its stars.

Matthew McConaughey got a nod for best actor for his portrayal of a straight man infected with AIDS who goes outside the system to fund life-extending treatments.

His co-star, Jared Leto, was nominated in the supporting actor category for his performance as a transgender woman with the disease who becomes the unlikely business partner of McConaughey's character.

November 15, 2013

A Methodist church court is prosecuting a pastor who officiated over his son’s same-sex marriage

In 2013, the reality that Reverend Frank Schaefer, pastor at Zion United Methodist Church (UMC) of Iona in Pennsylvania, will be forced to stand trial on 18 November for officiating his son’s 2007 same-sex nuptials is not only wrong-headed – it is also wrong-hearted.

‘I love him so much and didn't want to deny him that joy. I had to follow my heart,’ Schaefer told the New York Daily News.

November 10, 2013

Suspect allegedly swings a crowbar at his sister because she was involved with a woman

A suspect, and his friend, are charged with attacking the suspect's sister and her fiancee.

Law enforcement authorities claim 20-year-old Ahmed Tuma was angry his sister was involved in a relationship with another woman. He allegedly saw this as shameful and against the Muslim faith.

November 10, 2013

Suspect allegedly swings a crowbar at his sister because she was involved with a woman

A suspect, and his friend, are charged with attacking the suspect's sister and her fiancee.

Law enforcement authorities claim 20-year-old Ahmed Tuma was angry his sister was involved in a relationship with another woman. He allegedly saw this as shameful and against the Muslim faith.

November 1, 2013

Pete Ricketts' sister and fellow co-owner is a lesbian and outspoken supporter of LGBTI equality

Chicago Cubs co-owner Pete Ricketts wants to make clear that it wasn't his idea for the baseball team to be one of the sponsors of the city's gay pride event.

Ricketts, 49, wants to be the Republican candidate for governor of Nebraska and some of his rivals are making an issue of the Major League Baseball's team support of LGBTI equality.

Ricketts blames his sister, Laura Ricketts, who is a lesbian and also one of the team's co-owners.

October 29, 2013

A straight guy defended his friend dressed in drag from three attackers who called him 'disgusting' and a 'faggot'

A Nebraska straight man is recovering after being attacked for protecting his gay friends on Saturday night (26 October).

Ryan Langenegger was at a restaurant in Old Market, Omaha, with his two friends Josh Foo and Jacob Gellinger after a night out when three guys approached them.

August 20, 2013

As the 'God Hates Fags' Church sings 'We Hate Who U R' - a parody of 'We R U We R' - the bisexual pop singer sends her dancers for a surprise performance

Popstar Ke$ha treated Westboro Baptist Church protestors to a choreographed dance routine from three male back-up dancers during her Nebraska show on Sunday (19 August).

Followers of the extreme church group were chanting an anti-gay version of Ke$ha’s hit anthem ‘We R Who We R’, titled ‘God Hates Who U R’ outside the stadium in Lincoln.

In response, the openly bisexual star sent a few of her dancers to surprise the protestors, providing slick choreography to accompany the hateful lyrics.