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Midwest Pride

Jul 5, 2019
photo courtesy of Emily Chen-Newton KIOS

Last week The Evangelical Covenant Church held its’ annual meeting in Omaha, wherein a 77% majority voted to expel an entire congregation in Minnesota and defrock their pastor because of their stance on same gender marriage. The very next day, despite the roaring Nebraska heat, Omaha's downtown streets were filled with LGBTQIA allies for The Heartland Pride Parade. 

As part of Omaha Public Radio’s continued coverage on the marriage equality movement in the Midwest, KIOS's Emily Chen-Newton spoke with the Omaha church groups who showed up in droves for Heartland Pride.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Ortega of Omaha Public Radio (KIOS 91.5 FM)

In February of this year, The Global United Methodist Church strengthened their ban on same-gender marriage and LGBTQIA clergy. This stance is reflected in the Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline and was affirmed by the highest court of The Church in April.  

 

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's defunct same-sex marriage ban could once again go before voters under a measure that seeks to remove it from the state constitution.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union wants a federal judge to order Nebraska to list both parents on birth certificates of children born to same-sex couples.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has deferred arguments and a decision on four same-sex marriage cases until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue.