Attempt To Repeal Omaha’s LGBT Protections Fails

Last March, the City Council of Omaha, Nebraska passed an ordinance to protect LGBT individuals from discrimination in employment and public accommodations. A coalition of conservatives led by the Omaha Liberty Project then led an effort to repeal the protections through a referendum. It now seems that despite being “darn close,” they have failed to collect enough signatures to force the vote, so the protections will stand. Nondiscrimination protections have been controversial across Nebraska, with Lincoln and Grand Island both defeating similar policies. Attorney General┬áJon Bruning (R) believes they’re unconstitutional and Gov.┬áDave Heineman (R) believes people should vote on whether discrimination is allowed.