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US: Federal judge won’t delay same-sex marriage case in Nebraska

Joseph McCormick January 29, 2015
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A US federal judge has denied a requiest to delay a lawsuit which challenges the state of Nebraska’s same-sex marriage ban.

Based in Omaha, Judge Joseph Batallion declined to honour the request from the attorney general of Nebrasksa’s office.

Judge Batallion on Tuesday said the state had not done enough to prove that a delay was necessary.

The office of the attorney general did not comment following the decision not to delay.

The lawsuit challenging the state’s same-sex marriage ban was filed late in November.

Seven couples were named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, and all seek to have their marriage recognised in the state, despite a voter-approved ban being implemented in 2000.

The US Supreme Court has said it will decide whether the US Constitution allows same-sex couples the right to marry.

Another ruling which affects four other states, is expected to take place by the end of June.

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