Same-sex marriage final arguments

By: KLKN Newsroom

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Attorneys on both sides of the legal fight over Nebraska’s ban on gay marriage have turned in final written arguments on a motion to quash the ban immediately.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska sued the state last year on behalf of seven same-sex couples challenging the voter-approved ban.

Last week, U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon heard arguments on the ACLU’s motion for an injunction to block enforcement of the ban while the lawsuit is pending. Bataillon asked for both sides to submit additional information Monday, which they did.      

An attorney for one of the couples submitted an affidavit detailing the negative effects of the ban on their health insurance and survivor benefits. The state countered that the affidavit is inadmissible hearsay.

Bataillon will rule on the motion later