Sexual orientation would be added to the state anti-discrimination laws under a bill introduced in the legislative session.
Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln stated the time hasn’t come for such legislation, it passed long ago.
“We’ll no longer wait as rights that are supposedly guarantee to all, but then denied in our workplaces and in our courts of law for some of us,” Morfeld told reporters at a news conference in the Capitol Rotunda. “Which is why I am proudly introducing LB 586 today that will make it unlawful to fire or deny employment simply because someone is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.”
Morfeld received applause from well more than a hundred supporters of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender legislation crowded behind him and other senators sponsoring various legislation.
ConAgra executive Chris Kircher said the Omaha-based agri-business made a decision some time ago to include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination rules.
“We believe it’s important for all of our employees to have access to the same level of benefits and support, because it’s the right thing to do and it also makes good business sense,” Kircher said at the news conference.
Another bill would allow both partners in a same-sex relationship to be considered the parents of adopted children.
Lincoln resident Barbara Beyer calls it a children’s rights issue.
“Currently, children of same-sex parents are not treated equally or fairly before Nebraska law,” according to Beyer. “If the legally recognized parent dies, then the surviving child or children is at the risk of not remaining with their surviving parent.”
Other legislation would allow same-sex couples to become foster parents.
AUDIO: Sen. Adam Morfeld hosts news conference on LGBT legislation. [24 min.]