August 27, 2013

LINCOLN — The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU Nebraska are suing the state over its ban on openly gay and lesbian people serving as foster parents.

A press conference to discuss the lawsuit is set for this morning at the State Capitol.

The lawsuit is being filed on behalf of three same-sex couples who want to become foster parents. Three of the people involved in the lawsuit are expected to appear at the press conference — Joel Busch, Lisa Blakey and Greg Stewart.

Since 1995, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has had a policy barring unmarried, unrelated adults who live together from being considered as foster parents. 

The policy applies to homosexual couples, unmarried heterosexual couples and platonic roommates.