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Nebraska’s capital city to consider LGBT fairness ordinance

Friday, April 20, 2012

LINCOLN, Neb. — The city council in Lincoln, Neb., is expected to consider a “fairness ordinance” that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s non-discrimination law.

Councilmen Carl Eskridge said he plans to introduce the measure on April 30, which would would bar discrimination against gays and transgender people in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations.

“This is an issue of fundamental fairness in terms of how we treat a segment of our population in Lincoln,” said Eskridge.

“If passed Lincoln would join the list of over 200 other cities that have protections in place for the LGBTQ community,” he said, adding that he has “the full support of Mayor Chris Beutler, and enough support from the seven member council to adopt the measure.”

Although Lincoln was the first city in Nebraska to have a human rights organization, people in Lincoln who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered still face significant barriers, according to Tyler Richard, President of Outlinc, Lincoln’s LGBT community center.

“We want to keep Lincoln’s tradition of standing up for fairness,” he told LGBTQ Nation.

According to a 2011 poll, 73 percent of Nebraskans oppose discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Eskridge said he doesn’t expect to see as much controversy that occurred in Omaha last month, where more than 100 people spoke against that city’s proposed non-discrimination measure, including filmmaker Alexander Payne and Nebraska assistant football coach Ron Brown.

A public hearing on the ordinance is expected to occur May 7, followed by a vote by the council on May 14.

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7 more reader comments:

  1. All of this is well and fine, but we need Federal laws to make us truly equal to every other American citizen…it is inexcuseable that we are limited to certain towns,cities,counties and states in order to receive our due as Americans.

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 5:09pm
  2. agreed gregory

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 5:11pm
  3. But…but…but…but…but the bible says… Oh can it banjo lips.

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 5:49pm
  4. Gregory, this is what women went though in the past ( and some of their rights are being taken back by the republican bigots), as well as non white people in the 50′s and 60′s. We are the last group to be ostracized by a (soon to be dead) breed of racist/bigoted/homophobic religious extremists

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 5:56pm
  5. YEAH Nebraska

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 6:22pm
  6. CONSIDER??? Just frickin’ DO IT!

    Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 8:45pm
  7. Posted on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 9:03pm