A Nebraska state constitutional amendment, approved by voters, banned not just gay marriage but any legal agreement between same-sex couples, including contracts to share health insurance, establish hospital visitation and medical consent rights, or make housing and business deals.

A federal judge threw out the amendment May 12, saying its unlimited scope:

“imposes significant burdens on both the expressive and intimate associational rights” of gays and lesbians. He said it also creates a significant barrier to the plaintiffs’ right to petition or to participate in the political process.

Exodus and its allies are furious. The (Anti)Family Research Council, American (Anti)Family Association, and (Anti)Traditional Values Coalition demanded that judges who respect the rights of all Americans be replaced with judges who wipe out the basic rights of some, based on the changing whims of voters.

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