Lawmakers Look at Legal Conflicts for Same Sex Couples

LINCOLN  (AP) - A group of lawmakers is trying to resolve legal conflicts for same-sex couples who qualify for federal marriage benefits, but whose relationships aren't recognized in Nebraska. Lawmakers convened a hearing on Friday in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that wiped away part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The 5-4 ruling in June cleared the way for legally married same-sex couples to receive federal tax, health and pension benefits.  Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha says he plans to introduce a bill in next year's session that would allow same-sex marriage.  Nebraska's constitution doesn't recognize same-sex marriages, civil unions, or domestic partnerships. The amendment was approved by 70 percent of voters in 2000.