Case: Waters v. Heineman

8:14-cv-00356 | U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska

Filed Date: Dec. 2, 2014

Closed Date: 2019

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Case Summary

On December 2, 2014, seven same-sex couples seeking to marry or have their out-of-state marriage recognized in Nebraska filed this lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. The plaintiffs, represented by lawyers from the ACLU and private counsel, sued the state of Nebraska and sought declaratory and injunctive relief. The plaintiffs alleged that Nebraska's exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and refusal to recognize the marriages of same-sex…

On December 2, 2014, seven same-sex couples seeking to marry or have their out-of-state marriage recognized in Nebraska filed this lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. The plaintiffs, represented by lawyers from the ACLU and private counsel, sued the state of Nebraska and sought declaratory and injunctive relief.

The plaintiffs alleged that Nebraska's exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and refusal to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples from other jurisdictions under Nebraska's "Defense of Marriage" Constitutional Amendment violated the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.

On March 2, 2015, the district court (Judge Joseph E. Bataillon) granted the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction. The injunction ordered all relevant state officials to treat same-sex couples the same as different-sex couples in the context of processing a marriage license or determining the rights, protections, obligations, or benefits of marriage. Waters v. Ricketts, 48 F.Supp.3d 1271 (D. Neb. 2015).

The same day, the defendants filed an interlocutory appeal regarding the preliminary injunction. On March 6, 2015, the Eighth Circuit granted defendants' Emergency Motion for Stay Pending Appeal and scheduled an oral argument.

On April 29, 2015, the Eighth Circuit ordered on its own motion that oral argument and any further consideration of the cases be deferred pending the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. Obergefell, 135 S.Ct. 2584 (2015). (Clearinghouse code PB-OH-0003).

On June 13, 2015, the plaintiffs moved for summary judgment.

On June 30, 2015, the Eighth Circuit vacated its order staying the District Court's preliminary injunction.

On August 11, 2015, the Eighth Circuit affirmed the preliminary injunction, held Nebraska's constitutional provision to be unconstitutional, and remanded the case for entry of final judgment on the merits in favor of the plaintiffs. Waters v. Ricketts, 798 F.3d 682 (8th Cir. 2015).

On September 24, 2015, plaintiffs filed supplemental materials alleging further injuries related to a defendant's actions under state birth certificate issuance statutes.

On February 4, 2016, Judge Bataillon granted the plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment, denied the defendant’s motion for summary judgment and issued a permanent injunction striking down Nebraska’s ban on gay marriage. Waters v. Ricketts, 159 F.Supp.3d 992 (D. Neb. 2016). The injunction ordered state officials to treat same-sex couples the same as different-sex couples in the context of processing marriage certificates or determining rights, protections, obligations or benefits of marriage.

On June 14, 2016, Judge Bataillon closed this case, but retained jurisdiction to enforce its injunction for a period of at least 3 years.

Summary Authors

Sarah Precup (10/20/2015)

Susie Choi (3/14/2017)

Michael Beech (3/23/2019)

People

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Judge(s)

Bataillon, Joseph F. (Nebraska)

Benton, William Duane (Missouri)

Thalken, Thomas D. (Nebraska)

Wollman, Roger Leland (South Dakota)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Block, Joshua A (New York)

Cooper, Leslie (New York)

Dunne, Angela J. (Nebraska)

Koenig, Susan A. (Nebraska)

Miller, Amy A. (Nebraska)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Bydalek, David T. (Nebraska)

Judge(s)

Bataillon, Joseph F. (Nebraska)

Benton, William Duane (Missouri)

Thalken, Thomas D. (Nebraska)

Wollman, Roger Leland (South Dakota)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Block, Joshua A (New York)

Cooper, Leslie (New York)

Dunne, Angela J. (Nebraska)

Koenig, Susan A. (Nebraska)

Miller, Amy A. (Nebraska)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Bydalek, David T. (Nebraska)

Grabow, Richard C. (Nebraska)

Jones, Danielle L. (Nebraska)

Lopez, David A. (Nebraska)

Post, Ryan S (Nebraska)

Smith, James D. (Nebraska)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

June 14, 2016 Docket
1

Complaint

Nov. 17, 2014 Complaint
9

Amended Complaint

Dec. 2, 2014 Complaint
55

Injunction

Waters v. Ricketts

March 2, 2015 Order/Opinion
54

Memorandum and Order

48 F.Supp.3d 1271

March 2, 2015 Order/Opinion
78

Opinion of USCA - 8th Circuit, regarding Interlocutory Appeal

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

798 F.3d 682

Aug. 11, 2015 Order/Opinion
97

Permanent Injunction

Waters v. Ricketts

Feb. 4, 2016 Order/Opinion
96

Memorandum and Order

Waters v. Ricketts

159 F.Supp.3d 992, 2016 WL 447837

Feb. 4, 2016 Order/Opinion
105

Order

Waters v. Ricketts

June 14, 2016 Order/Opinion

Resources

Title Description External URL

Waters v. Ricketts - Freedom to Marry in Nebraska

ACLU

The plaintiffs include Susan and Sally Waters of Omaha who have been together for 17 years. In January 2013, Sally was diagnosed with breast cancer and her future is uncertain. <br /> <br />The plain… June 26, 2015 https://www.aclu.org/...

Taking Three Small Steps Forward in the Journey of Innovation and Diffusion Study

Suk Joon Hwang

The aim of this dissertation is to fill in the vacant spots in the innovation and diffusion study, which are meaningful but have not had much work done previously. Most policy diffusion studies have … Jan. 1, 2016 None

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/5801746/waters-v-ricketts/

Last updated May 20, 2022, 3:59 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link
35

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - IT IS ORDERED: Harold Wilson's and Gracy Sedlak's motion to intervene (Filing No. 24 ) is denied. The plaintiffs' objection to the intervention motion (Filing No. 29 ) is sustained. Harold Wilson's and Gracy Sedlak's opposition to the plaintiffs' objection (Filing No. 34 ) is overruled. Ordered by Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (Copy mailed to pro se party)(TCL)

Jan. 7, 2015 RECAP
1

COMPLAINT against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0867−2826150), by Attorney Angela J. Dunne on behalf of Carla Morris−Von Kampen, Marjorie Plumb, Nickolas Kramer, Gregory Tubach, Jessica Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Tracy Weitz, Sally Waters, Thomas Maddox, William Roby, Susan Waters, Jason Cadek, Randall Clark, Kathleen Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Crystal Von Kampen(Dunne, Angela) (Entered: 11/17/2014)

Nov. 17, 2014
2

TEXT NOTICE OF JUDGES ASSIGNED: Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon and Magistrate Judge Thomas D. Thalken assigned. (ELE, ) (Entered: 11/17/2014)

Nov. 17, 2014
54

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - Accordingly: The plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction (Filing No. 10 ) is granted. The defendant's oral motion for a stay is denied. The defendant's objection to the declaration of Angela Dunne (Filing No. 52 ) is overruled. A preliminary injunction, effective March 9, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. CDT will issue this date. Ordered by Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (TCL )

March 2, 2015 RECAP
3

ATTORNEY LETTER by Clerk that Attorney Joshua Block has not registered for admittance to practice registered for the system. If the requested action is not taken within fifteen (15) days of the date of this letter, this matter will be referred to the assigned magistrate judge for the entry of a show cause order. (ELE, ) (Entered: 11/17/2014)

Nov. 17, 2014
55

INJUNCTION - Pursuant to the Memorandum and Order 54 entered this date, IT IS ORDERED that all relevant state officials are ordered to treat same-sex couples the same as different sex couples in the context of processing a marriage license or determining the rights, protections, obligations or benefits of marriage. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this order will be effective on Monday, March 9, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. CDT. Ordered by Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (TCL)

March 2, 2015 RECAP
5

Summons Requested as to Jon Bruning regarding Complaint, 1 . (Dunne, Angela) (Entered: 11/21/2014)

Nov. 21, 2014
90

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - IT IS ORDERED that: The plaintiffs' supplemental motion (Filing No. 83 ) and the defendants' motion to strike (Filing No. 85 ) are denied as moot. The plaintiffs' motion for leave to supplement the record ( Filing No. 87 ) is granted. The supplemental materials (Filing No. 87 , Attachments 1-8) are deemed filed instanter. The defendants shall file any responsive materials or briefs within 14 days of the date of this order and the plaintiffs shall have one week thereafter in which to respond, at which time the cross-motions for summary judgment will be considered submitted. Ordered by Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (TCL)

Oct. 20, 2015 RECAP
96

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: Plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment, Filing No. 68, is granted as set forth herein; Defendants' motion for summary judgment, Filing No. 72, is denied; Plaintiffs' motion for leave to file supplement to mo tion for summary judgment, Filing No. 87, is granted; The Court declares Article I, § 29 of the Nebraska Constitution unconstitutional in light of Obergefell v. Hodges, 135 S. Ct. 2584 (2015). A permanent injunction is hereby entered prohibi ting the enforcement of Section 29 of the Nebraska Constitution. A separate order is filed in conjunction with this memorandum and order; Effective immediately, IT IS ORDERED that all relevant state officials shall treat same-sex couples the same as different-sex couples in the context of processing a marriage license or determining the rights, protections, obligations or benefits of marriage; The Court will retain jurisdiction over the enforcement of the permanent injunction and issues related to this lawsuit for a period of at least three years. If a further extension is merited, the parties may file a motion with the Court. Ordered by Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (ADB)

Feb. 4, 2016 RECAP
6

Summons Requested as to Dave Heineman regarding Complaint, 1 . (Dunne, Angela) (Entered: 11/21/2014)

Nov. 21, 2014
97

PERMANENT INJUNCTION: Pursuant to the Memorandum and Order entered this date, IT IS ORDERED that all relevant state officials are ordered to treat same-sex couples the same as different-sex couples in the context of processing a marriage license or determining the rights, protections, obligations or benefits of marriage. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this order will be effective on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. CDT. Ordered by Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (ADB)

Feb. 4, 2016 RECAP
7

Summons Requested as to Kim Conroy regarding Complaint, 1 . (Dunne, Angela) (Entered: 11/21/2014)

Nov. 21, 2014
105

ORDER that this matter is before the court on the status report of the parties, Filing No. 104. Having been advised that all pending matters, including attorney fees and costs, have been resolved the court finds, for docket control purposes, this action can be closed. Of course, the court automatically retains jurisdiction to enforce its injunction, should any future problems arise. Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED: The Clerk of Court is directed to close this case. Ordered by Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (ADB)

June 14, 2016 RECAP
8

Summons Issued as to defendant(s) Jon Bruning, Kim Conroy, Dave Heineman YOU MUST PRINT YOUR ISSUED SUMMONS, WHICH ARE ATTACHED TO THIS DOCUMENT. PAPER COPIES WILL NOT BE MAILED. (NMW) (Entered: 11/21/2014)

Nov. 21, 2014
9

AMENDED COMPLAINT against Defendant All Defendants, by Attorney Angela J. Dunne on behalf of Marjorie Plumb, Gregory Tubach, Sally Waters, Susan Waters, Randall Clark, Carla Morris−Von Kampen, Nickolas Kramer, Jessica Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Tracy Weitz, Thomas Maddox, William Roby, Jason Cadek, Kathleen Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Crystal Von Kampen(Dunne, Angela) (Entered: 12/02/2014)

Dec. 2, 2014
10

MOTION for Preliminary Injunction by Attorney Angela J. Dunne on behalf of Plaintiffs Jason Cadek, Randall Clark, Jessica Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Kathleen Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Nickolas Kramer, Thomas Maddox, Carla Morris−Von Kampen, Marjorie Plumb, William Roby, Gregory Tubach, Crystal Von Kampen, Sally Waters, Susan Waters, Tracy Weitz. (Attachments: # 1 Supplement Brief, # 2 Exhibit Index of Evidence, # 3 Exhibit Declaration of Susan Waters, # 4 Exhibit Declaration of Sally Waters, # 5 Exhibit Declaration of Nickolas Kramer, # 6 Exhibit Declaration of Jason Cadek, # 7 Exhibit Declaration of Crystal Von Kampen, # 8 Exhibit Declaration of Carla Morris−Von Kampen, # 9 Exhibit Declaration of Gregory Tubach, # 10 Exhibit Declaration of William Roby, # 11 Exhibit Declaration of Jessica Kallstrom−Schreckengost, # 12 Exhibit Declaration of Kathleen Kallstrom−Schreckengost, # 13 Exhibit Declaration of Marjorie Plumb, # 14 Exhibit Declaration of Tracy Weitz, # 15 Exhibit Declaration of Randall Clark, # 16 Exhibit Declaration of Thomas Maddox)(Dunne, Angela) (Entered: 12/02/2014)

Dec. 2, 2014
11

Summons Requested as to Dan Nolte regarding Motion for Preliminary Injunction,,,, 10 , Amended Complaint, 9 , Complaint, 1 . (Dunne, Angela) (Entered: 12/02/2014)

Dec. 2, 2014
12

Summons Requested as to Kerry Winterer regarding Motion for Preliminary Injunction,,,, 10 , Amended Complaint, 9 , Complaint, 1 . (Dunne, Angela) (Entered: 12/02/2014)

Dec. 2, 2014
13

Summons Issued as to defendant(s) Dan Nolte, Kerry Winterer YOU MUST PRINT YOUR ISSUED SUMMONS, WHICH ARE ATTACHED TO THIS DOCUMENT. PAPER COPIES WILL NOT BE MAILED. (NMW) (Entered: 12/02/2014)

Dec. 2, 2014
14

APPLICATION/ORDER admitting pro hac vice Attorney Joshua Block for Plaintiffs Jason Cadek, Randall Clark, Jessica Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Kathleen Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Nickolas Kramer, Thomas Maddox, Carla Morris−Von Kampen, Marjorie Plumb, William Roby, Gregory Tubach, Crystal Von Kampen, Sally Waters, Susan Waters, Tracy Weitz. Ordered by Deputy Clerk. (MKR) (Entered: 12/02/2014)

Dec. 2, 2014
16

SUMMONS Returned Executed upon defendant Jon Bruning on 11/24/2014. (Dunne, Angela) (Entered: 12/02/2014)

Dec. 2, 2014
17

SUMMONS Returned Executed upon defendant Dave Heineman on 11/24/2014. (Dunne, Angela) (Entered: 12/02/2014)

Dec. 2, 2014
18

SUMMONS Returned Executed upon defendant Kim Conroy on 11/24/2014. (Dunne, Angela) (Entered: 12/02/2014)

Dec. 2, 2014
19

MOTION for Extension of Time to File a Responsive Pleading by Attorney David A. Lopez on behalf of Defendants Jon Bruning, Kim Conroy, Dave Heineman, Kerry Winterer.(Lopez, David) (Entered: 12/05/2014)

Dec. 5, 2014
20

TEXT ORDER granting 19 the defendants' Motion to Extend Time. Counsel should make special note of the changes to NECivR 6.1, which no longer governs the extension sought by the defendants. Nevertheless, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 6(b), good cause appears to allow the defendants an extension of time until January 20, 2015 , to answer or otherwise respond to the plaintiffs' Amended Complaint 9 . Ordered by Magistrate Judge Thomas D. Thalken. (TRL) (Entered: 12/08/2014)

Dec. 8, 2014
21

SUMMONS Returned Executed upon defendant Dan Nolte on 12/3/2014. (Dunne, Angela) (Entered: 12/10/2014)

Dec. 10, 2014
22

SUMMONS Returned Executed upon defendant Kerry Winterer on 12/3/2014. (Dunne, Angela) (Entered: 12/10/2014)

Dec. 10, 2014
23

TEXT ORDER Setting Hearing on MOTION for Preliminary Injunction 10 . A Motion Hearing is set for 1/29/2015 at 09:00 AM in Courtroom 3, Roman L. Hruska Federal Courthouse, 111 South 18th Plaza, Omaha, NE before Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon.Ordered by Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (TCL ) (Entered: 12/12/2014)

Dec. 12, 2014
24

MOTION to Intervene on behalf of Intervenor Plaintiffs Harold Wilson and Gracy Sedlak.(MKR) (Entered: 12/17/2014)

Dec. 15, 2014
25

NOTICE of Change of Address of Danielle L. Jones by Attorney Danielle L. Jones on behalf of Defendants Jon Bruning, Kim Conroy, Dave Heineman, Kerry Winterer (Jones, Danielle) (Entered: 12/17/2014)

Dec. 17, 2014
26

MOTION to Extend Time to Respond to Motion 10 for Preliminary Injunction by Attorney David A. Lopez on behalf of Defendants Jon Bruning, Kim Conroy, Dave Heineman, Kerry Winterer.(Lopez, David) (Entered: 12/17/2014)

Dec. 17, 2014
27

BRIEF in support of MOTION to Extend Time to Respond to Motion 10 for Preliminary Injunction 26 by Attorney David A. Lopez on behalf of Defendants Jon Bruning, Kim Conroy, Dave Heineman, Kerry Winterer.(Lopez, David) (Entered: 12/17/2014)

Dec. 17, 2014
28

TEXT ORDER granting 26 defendants' Motion to Extend Time to Respond to Motion for Preliminary Injunction until January 22, 2015. Ordered by Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (TCL ) (Entered: 12/18/2014)

Dec. 18, 2014
29

OBJECTION to Motion to Intervene by Attorney Amy A. Miller on behalf of Plaintiffs Jason Cadek, Randall Clark, Jessica Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Kathleen Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Nickolas Kramer, Thomas Maddox, Carla Morris−Von Kampen, Marjorie Plumb, William Roby, Gregory Tubach, Crystal Von Kampen, Sally Waters, Susan Waters, Tracy Weitz.(Miller, Amy) (Entered: 12/29/2014)

Dec. 29, 2014
30

BRIEF in support of Opposition to Motion to Intervene by Attorney Amy A. Miller on behalf of Plaintiffs Jason Cadek, Randall Clark, Jessica Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Kathleen Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Nickolas Kramer, Thomas Maddox, Carla Morris−Von Kampen, Marjorie Plumb, William Roby, Gregory Tubach, Crystal Von Kampen, Sally Waters, Susan Waters, Tracy Weitz.(Miller, Amy) (Entered:

Dec. 29, 2014
32

SUMMONS Returned Executed upon defendant Dan Nolte on 12/19/2014. (Dunne, Angela) (Entered: 01/02/2015)

Jan. 2, 2015
33

NOTICE of Appearance of Limited Participation by Attorney Richard C. Grabow on behalf of Defendant Dan Nolte (Grabow, Richard) (Entered: 01/05/2015)

Jan. 5, 2015
34

INTERNENORS OPPOSITION TO Plaintiffs Objection to Motion to Intervene 29 on behalf of Intervenor Plaintiffs Gracy Sedlak and Harold Wilson.(MKR) (Entered: 01/05/2015)

Jan. 5, 2015
36

MOTION to Substitute Party by Attorney David A. Lopez on behalf of Defendants Jon Bruning, Kim Conroy, Dave Heineman, Kerry Winterer.(Lopez, David) (Entered: 01/08/2015)

Jan. 8, 2015
37

ORDER granting defendant's 36 Motion Defendants. Dave Heineman (in his official capacity as Governor of Nebraska). Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 25(d) and in accordance with the motion, the motion is granted and the parties are hereby substituted. The Clerk of the Court shall modify the docket accordingly. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Thomas D. Thalken. (MKR) (Entered: 01/09/2015)

Jan. 9, 2015
38

NOTICE of Appearance by Attorney James D. Smith on behalf of Defendants Joseph Acierno, Doug Peterson, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup (Smith, James) (Entered: 01/12/2015)

Jan. 12, 2015
39

State Defendants' ANSWER to Amended Complaint, 9 by Attorney James D. Smith on behalf of Defendants Joseph Acierno, Doug Peterson, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup(Smith, James) (Entered: 01/20/2015)

Jan. 20, 2015
40

NOTICE of Appearance by Attorney David T. Bydalek on behalf of Defendants Joseph Acierno, Doug Peterson, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup (Bydalek, David) (Entered: 01/21/2015)

Jan. 21, 2015
41

MOTION to Stay Proceedings by Attorney David A. Lopez on behalf of Defendants Joseph Acierno, Doug Peterson, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup.(Lopez, David) (Entered: 01/21/2015)

Jan. 21, 2015
42

BRIEF in support of MOTION to Stay Proceedings 41 by Attorney David A. Lopez on behalf of Defendants Joseph Acierno, Doug Peterson, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup.(Lopez, David) (Entered: 01/21/2015)

Jan. 21, 2015
43

BRIEF in opposition to MOTION for Preliminary Injunction 10 by Attorney James D. Smith on behalf of Defendants Joseph Acierno, Doug Peterson, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup.(Smith, James) (Entered: 01/22/2015)

Jan. 22, 2015
44

INDEX in opposition to MOTION for Preliminary Injunction 10 by Attorney James D. Smith on behalf of Defendants Joseph Acierno, Doug Peterson, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit of Catherine Pakaluk, # 2 Affidavit of Joseph M. Acierno, # 3 Affidavit of David T. Bydalek (Part 1 of 2), # 4 Affidavit of David T. Bydalek (Part 2 of 2))(Smith, James) (Entered: 01/22/2015)

Jan. 22, 2015
45

TEXT ORDER − The Motion Hearing scheduled for 1/29/2015 is cancelled pending further order of the Court. Ordered by Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (TCL ) (Entered: 01/23/2015)

Jan. 23, 2015
47

REPLY BRIEF in support of MOTION to Stay Proceedings 41 by Attorney David A. Lopez on behalf of Defendants Joseph Acierno, Doug Peterson, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup.(Lopez, David) (Entered: 01/25/2015)

Jan. 25, 2015
48

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER that State defendants' 41 Motion to Stay is denied. This matter is set for oral argument on February 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Ordered by Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (ADB) (Entered: 01/27/2015)

Jan. 27, 2015
49

BRIEF in support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction by Attorney Angela J. Dunne on behalf of Plaintiffs Jason Cadek, Randall Clark, Jessica Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Kathleen Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Nickolas Kramer, Thomas Maddox, Carla Morris−Von Kampen, Marjorie Plumb, William Roby, Gregory Tubach, Crystal Von Kampen, Sally Waters, Susan Waters, Tracy Weitz.(Dunne, Angela) (Entered: 01/29/2015)

Jan. 29, 2015
50

TEXT MINUTE ENTRY for proceedings held before Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. Motion Hearing held on 2/19/2015 regarding MOTION for Preliminary Injunction 10 . Appearances made on the record. Argument by plaintiff and defendant. Written order forthcoming. Hearing held in Omaha. Courtroom Deputy: Amy Brunswick; Reporter: Rogene Schroder ; Appearance for Plaintiff: Amy Miller, Angela Dunne, Leslie Cooper, Susan Koenig. Appearance for Defendant: David Lopez, Doug Peterson, Danielle Jones, Stephanie Caldwell, Ryan Post. Time Start: 1:57 PM; Time Stop: 3:03 PM; Time in Court: 1 Hour 6 Minutes. (ADB) (Entered: 02/19/2015)

Feb. 19, 2015
51

ATTACHMENT − CONTINUED regarding MOTION for Preliminary Injunction 10 . Declaration of Angela Dunne by Attorney Angela J. Dunne on behalf of Plaintiffs Jason Cadek, Randall Clark, Jessica Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Kathleen Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Nickolas Kramer, Thomas Maddox, Carla Morris−Von Kampen, Marjorie Plumb, William Roby, Gregory Tubach, Crystal Von Kampen, Sally Waters, Susan Waters, Tracy Weitz. (Attachments: # 1 Supplement Attachment to the Motion for Preliminary Injunction)(Dunne, Angela) (Entered: 02/23/2015)

Feb. 23, 2015
52

OBJECTION to Declaration of Angela Dunne [51−1] by Attorney Ryan S. Post on behalf of Defendants Joseph Acierno, Doug Peterson, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup.(Post, Ryan) (Entered: 02/23/2015)

Feb. 23, 2015
53

BRIEF in support of OBJECTION to Declaration of Angela Dunne [51−1] 52 by Attorney Ryan S. Post on behalf of Defendants Joseph Acierno, Doug Peterson, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup.(Post, Ryan) (Entered: 02/23/2015)

Feb. 23, 2015
56

INTERLOCUTORY APPEAL regarding Preliminary Injunction, 55 , Order on Motion for Preliminary Injunction,, Order on Objection, 54 Filing fee $ 505, receipt number 0867−2897535. (Lopez, David) (Entered: 03/02/2015)

March 2, 2015
58

REQUEST FOR TRANSCRIPT for proceedings held on 02/19/2015 before District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon (Hearing on Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction) (Lopez, David) (Entered: 03/02/2015)

March 2, 2015
59

SCHEDULING LETTER from USCA − 8th Circuit [15−1452] as to Interlocutory Appeal 56 ; (Attachments: # 1 Letter by Clerk from USCA−8th Circuit)(MKR) (Entered: 03/02/2015)

March 2, 2015
60

TRANSCRIPT (UNREDACTED) of Proceedings before Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon held on February 19, 2015. Total Number of Pages: 51. The transcript can only be viewed at the courts public terminal or purchased through Court Reporter Rogene S. Schroder at (402) 661−7383 or rogecrr@yahoo.com before the expiration of the Release of Transcript Restriction deadline. The parties have 5 business days to file with the court a Notice of Intent to Request Redaction of this transcript. If no such Notice is filed, the transcript may be made remotely electronically available to the public without redaction after 90 calendar days. Redaction Request due 3/26/2015. Redacted Transcript Deadline set for 4/6/2015. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 6/3/2015. (RSS) (Entered: 03/05/2015)

March 5, 2015
61

COPY of Order from USCA − 8th Circuit [15−1452] Appellants' Emergency Motion for Stay Pending Appeal has been considered by the court, and the motion is granted. The District Court's Injunction Order of March 2, 2015 will be stayed pending the disposition of this appeal. It is further ordered that this case be set for oral argument in Omaha, Nebraska on May 12, 2015, together with the three other same−sex marriage cases now pending before the court. The clerk is directed to expedite the briefing in the case and establish the following schedule for the completion of the briefing: (MKR) (Entered: 03/06/2015)

March 6, 2015
62

SUPPLEMENT TO USCA RECORD (Transcript 60 of hearing on motion for preliminary injunction) (Lopez, David) (Entered: 03/09/2015)

March 9, 2015
63

Transmittal Letter to USCA−8th Circuit [15−1452] of Transcript 60 regarding Interlocutory Appeal 56 . (MKR) (Entered: 03/12/2015)

March 12, 2015
64

COPY of Order from USCA − 8th Circuit [15−1452] On the court's own motion, oral arguments and any further consideration of these cases will be deferred pending the Supreme Court of the United States decisions in Nos. 14−556, 14−562, 14−571, and 14−574 James Obergefell, et al. v. Richard Hodges, etc., et al. The briefing schedule in this case is suspended pending further order of the court. (MKR) (Entered: 04/29/2015)

April 29, 2015
65

MOTION to Substitute Party (Courtney Phillips for Joseph Acierno) by Attorney David A. Lopez on behalf of Defendants Joseph Acierno, Doug Peterson, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup.(Lopez, David) (Entered: 05/11/2015)

May 11, 2015
66

ORDER granting the State Defendant's 65 Motion to Substitute Party. Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 25(d) and in accordance with the motion, the motion is granted and Courtney Phillips, in her official capacity as CEO of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, is hereby substituted as a defendant in this matter to replace Joseph Acierno. The Clerk of the Court shall modify the docket accordingly. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Thomas D. Thalken. (MKR) (Entered: 05/12/2015)

May 12, 2015
67

COPY of Order from USCA − 8th Circuit [15−1452] This court's order of March 5, 2015, staying the District Court's injunction Order of March 2, 2015, is hereby vacated. (MKR) (Entered: 07/01/2015)

June 30, 2015
68

MOTION for Summary Judgment by Attorney Amy A. Miller on behalf of Plaintiffs William Roby, Gregory Tubach, Crystal Von Kampen, Sally Waters, Susan Waters, Tracy Weitz, Intervenor Plaintiff Gracy Sedlak.(Miller, Amy) (Entered: 07/13/2015)

July 13, 2015
70

MOTION for Leave to file Amended Answer by Attorney Ryan S. Post on behalf of Defendants Doug Peterson, Courtney Phillips, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup. (Attachments:# 1 Exhibit Unsigned Amended Answer)(Post, Ryan) (Entered: 08/03/2015)

Aug. 3, 2015
71

BRIEF in support of MOTION for Leave to file Amended Answer 70 by Attorney Ryan S. Post on behalf of Defendants Doug Peterson, Courtney Phillips, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup.(Post, Ryan) (Entered: 08/03/2015)

Aug. 3, 2015
72

MOTION for Summary Judgment (Cross−Motion for Summary Judgment by State Defendants) by Attorney David A. Lopez on behalf of Defendants Doug Peterson, Courtney Phillips, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup.(Lopez, David) (Entered: 08/03/2015)

Aug. 3, 2015
73

BRIEF of State Defendants in Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment 68 and in Support of Cross−Motion for Summary Judgment 72 by Attorney David A. Lopez on behalf of Defendants Doug Peterson, Courtney Phillips, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup.(Lopez, David) (Entered: 08/03/2015)

Aug. 3, 2015
74

INDEX of State Defendants in Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment 68 and in Support of Cross−Motion for Summary Judgment 72 by Attorney David A. Lopez on behalf of Defendants Doug Peterson, Courtney Phillips, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit Declaration of David A. Lopez, # 2 Exhibit A (Suggestion of Mootness), # 3 Exhibit B (Declaration of Peterson), # 4 Exhibit C (Declaration of Lopez with attachments), # 5 Exhibit D (Declaration of Sloup with attachments), # 6 Exhibit E (Declaration of Post with attachments), # 7 Exhibit F (Declaration of Chambers), # 8 Exhibit G (Revised Nebraska Marriage Worksheet))(Lopez, David) (Entered: 08/03/2015)

Aug. 3, 2015
75

TEXT ORDER granting 70 Motion for Leave to File Amended Answer. The defendants shall have until August 7, 2015, to file the amended answer. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Thomas D. Thalken. (BJC) (Entered: 08/04/2015)

Aug. 4, 2015
76

Amended ANSWER to Amended Complaint, 9 by Doug Peterson, Courtney Phillips, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup (Post, Ryan) (Entered: 08/04/2015)

Aug. 4, 2015
77

Consolidated REPLY to Counterclaim in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment and Opposition to Cross−Motion for Summary Judgment by Jason Cadek, Randall Clark, Jessica Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Kathleen Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Nickolas Kramer, Thomas Maddox, Carla Morris−Von Kampen, Marjorie Plumb, William Roby, Gregory Tubach, Crystal Von Kampen, Sally Waters, Susan Waters, Tracy Weitz (Attachments: # 1 Statement of Material Facts) (Dunne, Angela) (Entered: 08/10/2015)

Aug. 10, 2015
78

COPY of Opinion of USCA − 8th Circuit, Appellate Docket Number 15−1452, regarding Interlocutory Appeal 56 . The preliminary injunction is affirmed and the case remanded for entry of final judgment on the merits in favor of the plaintiffs. All pending motions are denied. (Attachments: # 1 Letter by Clerk from USCA, # 2 Letter to West Publishing)(MKR) (Entered: 08/11/2015)

Aug. 11, 2015
79

COPY of Judgment from USCA − 8th Circuit [15−1452]. This appeal from the United States District Court was submitted on the record of the district court and briefs of the parties. After consideration, it is hereby ordered and adudged that the judgment of the district court in this cause is afirmed and the cause is remanded to the district court for proceedings consistent wih the opinion of this court. (MKR) (Entered: 08/11/2015)

Aug. 11, 2015
81

REPLY BRIEF in support of MOTION for Summary Judgment (Cross−Motion for Summary Judgment by State Defendants) 72 Urging No Ruling on Pending Motions Until 8th Circuit Mandate Issuance by Attorney David A. Lopez on behalf of Defendants Doug Peterson, Courtney Phillips, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup.(Lopez, David) (Entered: 08/12/2015)

Aug. 12, 2015
82

COPY of Order from USCA − 8th Circuit [15−1452] The petition for rehearing en banc is denied. The petition for rehearing by the panel is also denied. (MKR) (Entered: 09/18/2015)

Sept. 18, 2015
83

SUPPLEMENTAL MOTION for Summary Judgment and Brief in Support by Attorney Angela J. Dunne on behalf of Plaintiffs Jason Cadek, Randall Clark, Jessica Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Kathleen Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Nickolas Kramer, Thomas Maddox, Carla Morris−Von Kampen, Marjorie Plumb, William Roby, Gregory Tubach, Crystal Von Kampen, Sally Waters, Susan Waters, Tracy Weitz. (Attachments:# 1 Exhibit Declaration of Brook Wagner, # 2 Exhibit Declaration of Nicole Wagner, # 3 Exhibit Affidavit of Jennifer McGowan, # 4 Exhibit Affidavit of Bobbie McGowan, # 5 Exhibit Affidavit of Stefanie Flodman, # 6 Exhibit Declaration of Jessica Kallstrom−Schreckengost, # 7 Exhibit Declaration of Jessica Kallstrom−Schreckengost)(Dunne, Angela) (Entered: 09/24/2015)

Sept. 24, 2015
84

MANDATE from USCA − 8th Circuit (15−1452) that in accordance with the opinion and judgment of 8/11/2015, and pursuant to the provisions of Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 41(a), the formal mandate is hereby issued in the above−styled matter regarding Interlocutory Appeal 56 . (JSF) (Entered: 09/24/2015)

Sept. 24, 2015
85

MOTION to Strike SUPPLEMENTAL MOTION for Summary Judgment and Brief in Support 83 (and all of its attachments) and Objections to the Same by Attorney David A. Lopez on behalf of Defendants Doug Peterson, Courtney Phillips, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup.(Lopez, David) (Entered: 09/29/2015)

Sept. 29, 2015
86

BRIEF in support of MOTION to Strike SUPPLEMENTAL MOTION for Summary Judgment and Brief in Support 83 (and all of its attachments) and Objections to the Same 85 by Attorney David A. Lopez on behalf of Defendants Doug Peterson, Courtney Phillips, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup.(Lopez, David) (Entered: 09/29/2015)

Sept. 29, 2015
87

MOTION for Leave to File Supplement to Motion for Summary Judgment by Attorney Amy A. Miller on behalf of Plaintiffs Jason Cadek, Randall Clark, Jessica Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Kathleen Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Nickolas Kramer, Thomas Maddox, Carla Morris−Von Kampen, Marjorie Plumb, William Roby, Gregory Tubach, Crystal Von Kampen, Sally Waters, Susan Waters, Tracy Weitz, Intervenor Plaintiff Gracy Sedlak. (Attachments: # 1 Supplement to Motion for Summary Judgment, # 2 Exhibit Declaration of Brooke Wagner, # 3 Exhibit Declaration of Nicole Wagner, # 4 Exhibit Affidavit of Jennifer McGowan, # 5 Exhibit Affidavit of Bobbie McGowan, # 6 Exhibit Affidavit of Stefanie Flodman, # 7 Exhibit Declaration of Jessica Kallstrom Schreckengost, # 8 Exhibit Declaration of Jessica Kallstrom Schreckengost)(Miller, Amy) (Entered: 09/30/2015)

Sept. 30, 2015
89

BRIEF (Consolidated) in Opposition to "Motion for Leave to File Supplement" 87 and Reply Brief in Support of "Objections to Supplement to Motion for Summary Judgment and Brief in Support and Motion to Strike" 85 by Attorney David A. Lopez on behalf of Defendants Doug Peterson, Courtney Phillips, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup.(Lopez, David) (Entered: 10/08/2015)

Oct. 8, 2015
91

BRIEF in opposition to MOTION for Summary Judgment 68 (Supplemental Brief) by Attorney David A. Lopez on behalf of Defendants Doug Peterson, Courtney Phillips, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup.(Lopez, David) (Entered: 11/03/2015)

Nov. 3, 2015
92

INDEX in opposition to MOTION for Summary Judgment 68 (Supplemental Index) by Attorney David A. Lopez on behalf of Defendants Doug Peterson, Courtney Phillips, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit Declaration of Courtney Phillips)(Lopez, David) (Entered: 11/03/2015)

Nov. 3, 2015
93

BRIEF in opposition to Defendants' Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment by Attorney Amy A. Miller on behalf of Plaintiffs Jason Cadek, Randall Clark, Jessica Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Kathleen Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Nickolas Kramer, Thomas Maddox, Carla Morris−Von Kampen, Marjorie Plumb, William Roby, Gregory Tubach, Crystal Von Kampen, Sally Waters, Susan Waters, Tracy Weitz, Intervenor Plaintiff Gracy Sedlak.(Miller, Amy) (Entered: 11/09/2015)

Nov. 9, 2015
94

MOTION to Withdraw as Attorney by Attorney Danielle L. Jones on behalf of Defendants Doug Peterson, Courtney Phillips, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup.(Jones, Danielle) (Entered: 12/29/2015)

Dec. 29, 2015
95

TEXT ORDER granting 94 Motion to Withdraw as Attorney. For good cause shown pursuant to NEGenR 1.3(f), Danielle L. Jones is granted leave to withdraw as counsel for the defendants. Other counsel remains for the defendants. The Clerk of Court shall stop all electronic notices to Ms. Jones regarding this case. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Thomas D. Thalken. (SMN) (Entered: 12/30/2015)

Dec. 30, 2015
98

JOINT MOTION to Extend Deadline for Application for Attorney Fees and Costs by Attorney Amy A. Miller on behalf of Plaintiffs Jason Cadek, Randall Clark, Jessica Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Kathleen Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Nickolas Kramer, Thomas Maddox, Carla Morris−Von Kampen, Marjorie Plumb, William Roby, Gregory Tubach, Crystal Von Kampen, Sally Waters, Susan Waters, Tracy Weitz, Intervenor Plaintiff Gracy Sedlak.(Miller, Amy) (Entered: 02/17/2016)

Feb. 17, 2016
99

TEXT ORDER granting 98 Joint Motion to Extend the deadline for Plaintiffs' application for attorney fees and costs until March 3, 2016. Ordered by Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (TCL) (Entered: 02/17/2016)

Feb. 17, 2016
100

MOTION to Substitute Party (Tony Fulton for Leonard J. Sloup) by Attorney David A. Lopez on behalf of Defendants Doug Peterson, Courtney Phillips, Pete Ricketts, Leonard J. Sloup.(Lopez, David) (Entered: 02/27/2016)

Feb. 27, 2016
101

ORDER granting the State defendants' 100 Motion to Substitute Party. Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 25(d), the motion is granted and Tony Fulton, in his official capacity as Tax Commissioner of the Nebraska Department of Revenue, is hereby substituted as a defendant in this matter to replace Leonard J. Sloup. The Clerk of the Court shall modify the docket accordingly. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Thomas D. Thalken. (MKR) (Entered: 02/29/2016)

Feb. 29, 2016
102

JOINT MOTION to Extend Deadline for Application for Attorney Fees and Costs by Attorney Amy A. Miller on behalf of Plaintiffs Jason Cadek, Randall Clark, Jessica Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Kathleen Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Nickolas Kramer, Thomas Maddox, Carla Morris−Von Kampen, Marjorie Plumb, William Roby, Gregory Tubach, Crystal Von Kampen, Sally Waters, Susan Waters, Tracy Weitz, Intervenor Plaintiff Gracy Sedlak.(Miller, Amy) (Entered: 03/01/2016)

March 1, 2016
103

TEXT ORDER granting the parties' 102 Joint Motion to Extend the deadline for plaintiffs' application for attorney fees and costs. The parties shall inform the Court of the status of the settlement within 90 days of this order. Ordered by Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (TCL) (Entered: 03/02/2016)

March 2, 2016
104

STATUS REPORT by Attorney Amy A. Miller on behalf of Plaintiffs Jason Cadek, Randall Clark, Jessica Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Kathleen Kallstrom−Schreckengost, Nickolas Kramer, Thomas Maddox, Carla Morris−Von Kampen, Marjorie Plumb, William Roby, Gregory Tubach, Crystal Von Kampen, Sally Waters, Susan Waters, Tracy Weitz.(Miller, Amy) (Entered: 06/01/2016)

June 1, 2016

State / Territory: Nebraska

Case Type(s):

Public Benefits/Government Services

Special Collection(s):

Same-Sex Marriage

Key Dates

Filing Date: Dec. 2, 2014

Closing Date: 2019

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Seven same-sex couples seeking to marry in Nebraska or have their marriage in another state recognized in Nebraska

Plaintiff Type(s):

State Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

ACLU Affiliates (any)

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Nebraska, State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Equal Protection

Due Process

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Order Duration: 2016 - 2019

Content of Injunction:

Discrimination Prohibition

Preliminary relief granted

Issues

General:

Adoption

Gay/lesbian/transgender

Marriage

Public benefits (includes, e.g., in-state tuition, govt. jobs)

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Sexual orientatation

Affected Gender:

Female

Male

Type of Facility:

Government-run