Ordinances for LBGT discrimination protection being debated around Nebraska |
Two days after the Grand Island city council voted down legal protections for gay and transgender residents petitions seeking to repeal Omaha's ordinance are now being circulated. Organizers must gather about 11,400 valid signatures over the next month to put the measure before voters. Local tea party organizers and clergy and Christian groups are supporting the effort. The Omaha City Council narrowly approved the ordinance in March that bans employers, job-training programs, labor groups and other organizations from discriminating based on a person's sexual orientation. The Lincoln City Council adopted a similar ordinance in May, but opponents mounted a successful petition drive that requires the council to either let the ordinance die or submit it for voter approval. The public vote has not yet been scheduled.