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Omaha mayor signs employment non-discrimination ordinance

Opponents vow to repeal
Friday, March 16, 2012

OMAHA, Neb. — Mayor Jim Suttle on Thursday signed the “Equal Omaha” ordinance, a measure that would prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Local groups who oppose the new law said they’re not backing down from trying to get it repealed or rescinded.

“To think somehow we don’t care for them or think they should have less rights, that’s not what we’re saying. But at the same time, don’t trample on, don’t walk on our first amendment rights,” said James Patterson, senior pastor at Trinity Hope Foursquare Church.

Patterson said the new law is a violation of his constitutional rights.

“By granting special rights to one group, the city is taking rights from another,” he said.

Proponents of the ordinance are happy the fight is over for now.

“Today, I can say, we are Nebraska, we are Omaha and we are proud to be here,” said Michael Gordon of Equal Omaha.

The Omaha city council approved the controversial ordinance earlier this week — the law is scheduled to take effect on March 28.

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9 more reader comments:

  1. awesomeeee

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 6:08pm
  2. Hope Nebraska doesn’t do what Tennessee did when Nashville passed and the mayor signed non discrimination ordinance that the State Legislature later pre-empted by passing a bill forbidding localities to do such.

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 6:17pm
  3. They better post that on all the local chickfila’s!!!

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 6:18pm
  4. Awesome, god is doing great things for us!

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 7:28pm
  5. Btw, nice article in the Tribune the other day.

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 7:36pm
  6. Nice!!

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 8:01pm
  7. Great going Omaha!

    Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 9:07pm
  8. love it omaha!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 1:45am
  9. Thats my city !!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 10:51am