Omaha Nondiscrimination Protections Face Proposed Limitations | As the City Council of Omaha, Nebraska, continues to deliberate establishing non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity, one council member is trying to limit the scope of the proposal. Rather than create city-wide employment and public accommodations protections as proposed by council member Ben Gray, council member Garry Gernandt wants to limit the policy only to employment and only to city hiring. Gernandt, who has opposed non-discrimination protections in the past, expressed concern that “blanketing the city with this, I’m just not sure that’s the right thing to do at this moment.”
Meanwhile, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman has clarified that Husker football assistant Ron Brown was not speaking on behalf of the university when he publicly opposed Omaha’s effort to protect LGBT residents.
Watch a round-up of testimony against the bill via aksarbent: