Nebraska Marriage Definition Amendment, Initiative 416 (2000)

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The Nebraska Marriage Definition Amendment, also known as Initiative 416 or the Ban Same Sex Marriage Act, was an initiated constitutional amendment on the November 7, 2000 election ballot in Nebraska, where it was approved.

Initiative 416 amended the Nebraska Constitution to "provide that only marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in Nebraska, and to provide that the uniting of two persons of the same sex in a civil union, domestic partnership or other similar same-sex relationship shall not be valid or recognized in Nebraska."

Election results

Amendment
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 477,571 67.5%
No203,66728.8%

Official results via: Nebraska Blue Book 2008-09 (p.263)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

A vote "FOR" will amend the Nebraska Constitution to provide that only marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in Nebraska, and to provide that the uniting of two persons of the same sex in a civil union, domestic partnership or other similar same-sex relationship shall not be valid or recognized in Nebraska.
A vote "AGAINST" will not amend the Nebraska Constitution in the manner described above.
Shall the Nebraska Constitution be amended to provide that only marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in Nebraska, and to provide further that the uniting of two persons of the same sex in a civil union, domestic partnership, or other similar same-sex relationship shall not be valid or recognized in Nebraska?.[1]


Related measures

Voters in 30 states have approved legislatively-referred constitutional amendments or initiated constitutional amendments prohibiting same-sex marriages at the ballot box. The first constitutional prohibition was in 1998, and the latest one occurred in May 2012. Most of these amendments define marriage along the lines of a "union of one male and one female."

Overturned

The following constitutional bans were approved by voters, but later overturned by courts:

Note: Florida's repeal will go into effect on January 5, 2015.

Appealed

Cases overturning the following bans have been appealed to higher courts and are currently stayed:

Approved

The following constitutional bans were approved by voters and have been upheld or not overturned by courts:

Defeated

The following constitutional bans were defeated by voters:

Note: Arizonans defeated a measure in 2006, but approved one in 2008, which has been overturned.


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