Hello (again) world!

Well howdy folks! Allies & Advocates for LGBTQ Equality at the University of Nebraska – College of Law is still alive and kicking, despite appearances from this blog. You will see more updates here, as well as other activity on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Allies-and-Advocates-for-GLBT-Equality

Since law school is a 3 year journey, it can be difficult for student-led groups such as ours to maintain continuity as one group of students matriculates and another takes the reigns. Thankfully, our graduating friends conferred the password to our main Google Account (alliesandadvocates.neblaw@gmail.com) so those of us who will be returning for the 2016-2017 academic year will have the “keys to the kingdom,” so to speak.

As in day-to-day law practice, it’s nice when you can stand on the shoulders of those who came before you and not have to re-invent the wheel.

Since this blog was last updated, marriage equality was made a reality for all 50 states in the U.S. thanks to the Supreme Court’s holding in Obergefell v. Hodges, which was decided on June 26, 2015. Nebraska, which had never recognized same-sex marriage and in fact still has a ban on the state constitution (Article I-29), joined the remaining 23 states in recognizing marriage equality.

Unfortunately, despite this major advance, a lot remains to be done. There has been a spate of laws passed at the state level that have nullified local LGBT protections against workplace and housing discrimination, as well as forcing transgender people to use the bathroom that matches their birth certificate.

We’re winning the war, but the battles for equality are not over. Keep your head up friends.

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