Supreme Court leaves in place Nebraska funeral protest law

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is leaving in place a Nebraska law that bars protests around funerals.

Nebraska enacted the law in 2006. It prohibits protests near a cemetery, mortuary or church from one hour before the beginning of a funeral to two hours after.

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Appeals court upholds Nebraska funeral picketing law

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A federal appeals court has agreed with a lower court’s ruling upholding Nebraska’s law requiring picketers to stay at least 500 feet from funerals.

The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday said that all speakers, including members of Westboro Baptist Church, have a constitutionally-protected right to express their beliefs at funerals. But the appeals court also said that those rights “are not absolute and some time, place, and/or manner restrictions are allowed.”

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Creighton University investigating profane note targeting gay people

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Officials with Creighton University say they are investigating to try to learn who taped a profane, threatening letter targeting gays on a student’s dorm room door.

The hand-scrawled note found last week opens with an expletive and a gay slur, then urges the targeted student to kill himself.

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Nebraska panel considers bill to protect LGBT workers

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Supporters of a bill that aims to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Nebraska residents from discrimination in the workplace packed a hearing room at the state Capitol Feb. 22 to urge a legislative committee to approve the measure.

It’s the fourth time in as many years that Nebraska lawmakers have considered adding sexual orientation and gender identity to protected classes that include race, age, religion and marital status. Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln said he intends to keep pushing the measure every year that he’s in the Legislature.

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Nebraska man convicted of burning gay pride flag gets probation

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man convicted of burning a gay pride rainbow flag has been given two years of probation.

Online court records say 25-year-old Cameron Mayfield was sentenced Aug. 31. He’d been convicted of felony arson as a hate crime.

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Uprisings: Conventional Wisdom

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The time for political walk-and-talks around cubicle boxes and D.C. streets is nearing its preliminary end, Aaron Sorkin, and that momentary pause couldn’t come any sooner. Despite all of the cage-rattling that has been portrayed in the Men-Seeking-Men – er, “mainstream media” – print presses and b-rolls, Democrats have managed to hold it together as best as they can, it would seem. Pragmatism isn’t sexy, but nor is losing.

On July 12, Sanders finally crossed the breach into the wild world of endorsing the Democratic Party’s most electable candidate, Clinton. It didn’t come easy. Our electronic transoms and our friendships have been littered with email/Benghazi/genocide nuances originating from websites that didn’t exist until there was a bone to pick. And for those of us who initially supported Clinton in the 2008 stakes, it’s not an unfamiliar feeling. Things, however, are not as ugly as they may appear in your rearview mirror, though. In fact, level heads have mostly prevailed, give or take a few stand-up-back-turned protests as the Orlando Platform Committee gathered last week to rub sticks together (to make fire, of course) and get the balance right. Politics, especially interparty politics, is not a game of absolutes, after all, and even though there were shouts about Clinton’s vague support of global trade via the Trans-Pacific Partnership, there are too many things that progressives agree on to let negotiable planks end up shattered.

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Nebraska may soon allow transgender high school athletes

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The group that governs Nebraska high school sports is drafting a policy on allowing transgender athletes to compete because there has been some interest in it.

The Omaha World-Herald reported Sept. 20 the Nebraska School Activities Association’s board has asked staff to draft rules for transgender athletes.

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Hate-Crime Hoaxer Receives More Jail Time for Probation Violation

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A woman who faked an anti-gay hate crime has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating probation, but she can apply to serve the time on house arrest.

Charlie Rogers, 36, of Lincoln was sentenced May 15 in Lancaster County Court, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

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Nebraska lawmakers avoid vote on employee anti-discrimination bill

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LINCOLN (AP) — More than a dozen opponents of a bill that would ban discrimination against gay and lesbian workers in Nebraska refused to cast votes during debate May 15, quietly halting any further action on the issue in 2015.

After more than four hours of discussion, the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln, requested it be held over until next year.

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Nebraska Woman Files Suit Against All Homosexuals

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A Nebraska woman filed a lawsuit on behalf of God and His son, Jesus Christ, against “Homosexuals,” also listing “Gay” as their alias.

Sylvia Driskell, 66, addressing herself as the “ambassador” for the plaintiffs, filed a suit suing the entire gay community. She is asking an Omaha federal judge to decide whether homosexuality is a sin.

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Nebraska judge adjourns same-sex marriage hearing, no decision until next week

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge will be asked Feb. 19 to tell the state of Nebraska that it immediately must recognize same-sex marriages while a lawsuit challenging the state’s gay marriage ban proceeds.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon said there likely won’t be a decision Feb. 19, but he will act swiftly. The judge said he hasn’t seen a courtroom this full in a while.

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Committee hears bills to ban LGBT discrimination in Nebraska

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A Nebraska legislative committee heard more than four hours of often-emotional testimony Feb. 4 about bills that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in hiring, adoptions and foster parent selection.

Each of the three bills has been introduced in past years, but this year’s Judiciary Committee is made up of mostly new members, including vocal LGBT advocates Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln and Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln.

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