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Ricketts vetoes marriage document, transit authority bills

May 31, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has vetoed two more bills as lawmakers prepare to end the 2019 session.

Ricketts on Thursday rejected one proposal that would require marriage applications, licenses and certificates to refer to a married couple as “Applicant 1” and “Applicant 2.”

Nebraska’s current application form uses the terms “Groom/Party A” and “Bride/Party B” in response to the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed same-sex marriage nationwide. The marriage license and certificate forms use “Groom” and “Bride.”

Ricketts says Nebraska must accommodate same-sex couples but “also support the vast majority of Nebraskans who believe in traditional marriage.”

The second bill vetoed would allow the Omaha Transit Authority to expand and levy property taxes outside its current limits. Ricketts says the bill would result in a property tax increase.

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