With a 4 to 3 vote Tuesday, the Omaha City Council passes an ordinance that prohibits discrimination of gay, bisexual, transgender and lesbian individuals in the workplace.
Councilman Gary Gernandt voted for the ordinance stating, “The bottom line was the human race and we’ve all got to work our existence out together”.
Councilman Chris Jerram stated that “the end of the day Omaha will be a more inclusive community, a more welcoming community”.
Voting against the ordinance was Councilman Franklin Thompson who wanted the issue to go to a vote of the people. Councilwoman Jean Stothert also voted against the ordinance stating, “I think it is based somewhat on a false premise that the employers and citizens are mean spirited and bigots and therefore this is needed to protect people. I don’t see it that way.”
It now heads to Mayor Jim Suttle’s desk for his signature and he stated he will sign it.