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Omaha mayor signs employment non-discrimination ordinance

Opponents vow to repeal
Friday, March 16, 2012
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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Local groups who oppose the new law said they’re not backing down from trying to get it repealed or rescinded.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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