Nebraska Gubernatorial Candidate: Married Same-Sex Couples Undermine The State Constitution

Nebraska State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Beau McCoy (R). CREDIT: AP/NATI HARNIK
Nebraska State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Beau McCoy (R). CREDIT: AP/NATI HARNIK

Nebraska State Sen. Beau McCoy (R) is running to be the next governor of The Cornhusker State, and he wants voters to know he will do everything he can to prevent same-sex couples from receiving any legal recognition. When those couples marry in other states (like nearby Iowa and Minnesota), then try to claim benefits in Nebraska, McCoy believes they undermine its constitution and its amendment banning same-sex marriage:

MCCOY: Make no mistake, every time same-sex couples get the same recognition as a married couple, the Nebraska Constitution and the will of Nebraskans gets undermined.

If elected, he will follow the current governor’s example of making sure no exceptions are made to providing benefits, even though same-sex couples can now claim federal benefits:

MCCOY: Gov. Dave Heineman (R) has stood up against all efforts to undermine marriage in Nebraska and hasn’t allowed state employee health insurance benefits to be extended to couples not legally married in our state. As governor, I will not allow the institution of marriage or our constitution to be attacked by expanding state benefits to state employees in same-sex relationships who get married in other states.

Last month, the Nebraska Department of Revenue offered guidance requiring same-sex couples to violate state laws in order to uphold the state constitution. State statutes dictate that Nebraskans file their taxes using the same status as they do in their federal filings, but same-sex couples will have to file as single for state tax purposes even if they file as married for their federal taxes.


Last year, McCoy introduced a bill that would have prevented any municipality in Nebraska from passing nondiscrimination protections that cover sexual orientation and gender identity. He argued that consistency across the state was important, but he wanted that consistency to allow discrimination against LGBT people, rather than protect against it.