The Nebraska Supreme Court upheld a decision to strike down a ban on same-sex couples becoming foster parents. The court compared the ban on its decision to “a sign reading Whites Only on the hiring-office door.”
Since 1995, same-sex couples had been barred from becoming licensed foster-care providers in Nebraska.
“This is a victory for children and LGBT Nebraskans. There are tens of thousands of LGBT people who call the Cornhusker State home and thousands of Nebraska children in need of a foster care placement,” said ACLU of Nebraska Executive Director Danielle Conrad in a statement.
The Nebraska rule comes as lawmakers began discussions on a bill that could ban workplace discrimination based on an employee’s gender identity or sexual orientation.