Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts on
Saturday attended the wedding of his gay sister in Chicago.
Laura Ricketts, a co-owner of the
Chicago Cubs, and Brooke Skinner, a brand strategist for Twitter,
exchanged vows with Pete Ricketts in attendance, the Omaha
Governor Ricketts, a Republican, is
currently defending Nebraska's ban on gay marriage in court.
In appealing a federal judge's ruling
striking down the ban as unconstitutional, Ricketts said that the
issue should be left to the voters, not an “activist judge.”
“The definition of marriage is an
issue for the people of Nebraska, and an activist judge should not
substitute his personal political preferences for the will of the
people,” he said at the time.
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has
since decided to set aside the case, along with three other same-sex
marriage cases, pending an upcoming ruling by the Supreme Court in a
In 2012, Laura Ricketts and Chicago
businesswoman Sarah Schmidt launched LPAC, a first-of-its-kind
political action committee to support political candidates and causes
that appeal to lesbian voters.