Signatures are being gathered in Lincoln to force an expansion of the city discrimination ordinance to a vote of the people.
The Lincoln City Council has approved expanding the discrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes.
Dave Bydalek with Family First Nebraska has charged that the council rushed the expansion through with little public discussion.
“Because it is really so broad in scope, all of the possible ramifications need to be fully addressed and fully considered before this becomes law,” Bydalek told Kevin Thomas on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN’s Drive Time Lincoln. “And that’s why we think that there needs to be a referendum to put this to a vote of the people.”
The ordinance approved by the city council adds gender identity and sexual orientation to the classes specifically protected from housing and employment discrimination. The ordinance now includes protections from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, familial status, ancestry, age or marital status. The law allows people who believe they have been discriminated against to take their complaint before the Lincoln Commission on Human Rights.
Kevin Thomas, KLIN, contributed to this report.