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Driskell v. Homosexuals

Case #: 8:15-cv-00158-JMG-PRSE
Court Level: Federal District
Date Filed: 1 May 2015
Date Dismissed: 7 May 2015


Waters v. Ricketts (formerly Waters v. Heineman)

Case #: 15-1452 (8th Circuit); 8:13-cv-00215 (Federal District Court)
Court Level:
 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
Date Filed: 17 November 2014
Date of Appeal: 3 March 2015


Nichols v. Nichols

Case #: A-13-841(District Court), 288 Neb. 399 (Nebraska Supreme Court)
Court Level: State Trial Court
Date Filed: 2012
Date of Appeal: December 2013


  • A lesbian couple who married in Iowa in 2009 sought to divorce in Nebraska, meaning NE would first have to recognize their IA marriage.
  • In August 2013, in turning down the request for a divorce because the relationship is not legally recognized in Nebraska, District Court Judge Stephanie Stacy wrote, “this case requires navigation through areas of Nebraska jurisprudence which presently are uncharted by Nebraska's appellate courts.
  • December 2013, the couple appealed to the Nebraska Supreme Court.
  • 27 March 2014, the ACLU filed an Amicus Brief.
  • 27 May 2014, argument was heard.
  • 28 May 2014, the NE Supreme Court posted it’s synopsis of the argument.
  • 13 June 2014, the Nebraska Supreme Court dismissed the appeal for lack of jurisdiction because it was made on a conditional order rather than a final judgment. The case was remanded back to trial court.

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