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Waters v. Ricketts

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Nebraska and the law firm of Koenig | Dunne have filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of seven couples who seek state recognition of their marriages or who seek the freedom to marry in Nebraska.

November 11, 2014 LGBT Rights

Johnson v. City of Omaha

Members of an Omaha family filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that excessive force and a warrantless search and seizure were used in response to a parking incident in March 2013.

January 6, 2014 Police Practices

Slate v. Lincoln Police Department

The ACLU of Nebraska and the Media Freedom Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School filed a lawsuit on behalf of journalist Emily Bazelon and web-based magazine Slate, alleging that the Lincoln Police Department failed to comply with Nebraska’s Public Records Act.

December 23, 2013 Open Government Police Practices

Stewart and Stewart v. Heineman

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Nebraska, and the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP have filed a lawsuit in state court on behalf of three couples seeking to strike down a state policy that bans gay and lesbian individuals and couples from serving as foster parents.

August 27, 2013 LGBT Rights