Nebraska Family Council and Family First, two conservative state organizations, will merge and become Nebraska Family Alliance.

The two organizations have been active politically, offering a conservative religious perspective on some state and local issues.

Nebraska Family Alliance will build on the foundation of both organizations to fulfill the mission: standing for justice and strengthening families in Nebraska, according to a news release.

Nebraska Family Alliance goals include protecting the sanctity of life; defending religious liberty for students, health care professionals, business owners and churches; standing firm for the definition of marriage because every child deserves a mom and a dad; combating the injustice of human trafficking; and advancing a culture of prayer in the state.

Al Riskowski, with Nebraska Family Council, is executive director of the merged organization. Dave Bydalek, with Family First, is the policy director.

Over the years, Nebraska Family Council and Family First frequently have collaborated. 

The two groups worked in Lincoln in 2012 to oppose a fairness ordinance that would have protected gays, lesbians and transgender individuals from discrimination in employment, public accommodations and housing.

Nebraska Family Council focused on activating and mobilizing volunteers to collect signatures while Family First provided expertise on technical and legal aspects of the referendum petition drive, according to the news release.

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This partnership collected more than 10,000 signatures in 15 days and stopped the ordinance from taking effect in Lincoln.

Nebraska Family Alliance will be governed by a joint board of directors consisting of current board members from each organization.

Nebraska Family Alliance will be the state affiliate for Focus on the Family and work with Citizen Link, Alliance Defending Freedom and other national organizations to bring national expertise to local issues.

Information about the merged organization is available at nebraskafamilyalliance.org.

Reach Nancy Hicks at 402-473-7250 or nhicks@journalstar.com.



Nancy Hicks reports on Lincoln city government, but she’s been following the leaders of local and state government for more than 40 years.

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