LINCOLN, NE (AP) - Nebraska lawmakers will take up gay marriage this fall, with a hearing that could lead to a ballot measure.
The Legislature's Judiciary Committee will convene October 4th to review Nebraska's constitutional amendment, which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman and forbids civil unions.
The committee chairman, Senator Brad Ashford, wants a public debate on the issue after last month's U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Ashford doubts voters would approve same-sex marriage but thinks they might accept civil unions.
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