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Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman Wants Popular Vote on Discrimination Laws Protecting LGBT People

Responding to the recent passage of non-discrimination ordinances in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska's governor Dave Heineman says bias laws protecting gay, lesbian and transgender people should be put to a popular vote, the Journal Star reports:

Heineman"I think in both cases ... they should put it to the vote of the people," Heineman said during a Tuesday morning news conference, citing a recent attorney general's opinion that says the cities would have to amend their city charters to offer such protections to groups not covered by state law.

Supporters say protection is necessary because there is real discrimination. Twenty-seven percent of 770 Nebraskans participating in a 2011 online survey had experienced some form of discrimination in the workplace in the past five years because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, they said.

Lincoln passed its ordinance last week. "Pro-family" groups have vowed to take the measure to a voter referendum.

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  1. Typical BS
    Us up for a vote, I'd love to vote just once on str8 pro family people.

    Posted by: GeorgeM | May 22, 2012 2:04:58 PM

  2. Wasn't this kind of nonsense laid to rest in ROMER V. EVANS?

    Posted by: jomicur | May 22, 2012 2:07:16 PM

  3. As Rachel said - the thing about rights is we shouldn't be voting on them - they're rights!

    Sheesh. I say we start voting on what protections we extend to people who CHOOSE to be Christians, or any other religion....

    Posted by: Jumper | May 22, 2012 2:14:01 PM

  4. I moved out of that hate-filled state at age 19 and have no regrets. Heineman and his ilk would put to a vote to have LGBTQ tagged and quarantined.

    Posted by: Brian | May 22, 2012 2:36:28 PM

  5. I wonder what would have happened if we put civil rights for blacks to a vote in the Sixties.

    Posted by: Jack M | May 22, 2012 2:44:40 PM

  6. Putting our rights up to a public vote? Is that the new way to say I did not do it! It was voted by the people! RIGHT!

    This way it by some miracle it were to be approved, it is not his fault and he can duck any responsibility. If it were to fail, take those right away, then the PEOPLE SPOKE!

    I thought we had a government that was a representative government. That we elected officials to do what the right thing was. Not duck out on responsibilities!

    Come on Gov, grow a sert!

    Posted by: John | May 22, 2012 2:54:24 PM

  7. Sorry, "Grow a SET!"

    Posted by: John | May 22, 2012 2:55:32 PM

  8. avoid hateful NE like the plague of hate and bigotry it is

    Posted by: Disgusted American | May 22, 2012 3:08:12 PM

  9. Our form of government is a republic. We elect our government officials to represent us and to make decisions for the good of everyone. Voting for a minority's rights by the mob has never worked. Why are the family groups so upset? I thought it was just marriage equality. Oh right, electrified concentration camps for us if they had their way.

    Posted by: Rob | May 22, 2012 3:52:28 PM

  10. If public opinion is changing on gay marrige, then certainly it is also changing on job rights for LGBT people. It's always possible that the vote could go your way. Most people don't like to think of themselves as bigots. And they know how rough it is to be out of work. But even a narrow loss could be construed as a win in a place as conservative as Nebraska.

    Posted by: Mary | May 22, 2012 3:55:49 PM

  11. Poppycock!

    Posted by: carl | May 22, 2012 4:07:43 PM

  12. Nebraska, Another religious dung heap in flyover country. I pity the poor LGBT folks living there.

    Posted by: Dearcomrade | May 22, 2012 4:14:32 PM

  13. He doesn't hate you -- he just does not mind damaging you in order to please his top donors and get votes from geriatric bigots.
    Lincoln Office/State Capitol:
    Office of the Governor
    P.O. Box 94848
    Lincoln, NE 68509-4848

    Phone: 402-471-2244
    Fax: 402-471-6031

    Posted by: Bob | May 22, 2012 4:17:49 PM

  14. I spoke to the lady who answers his phone -- "how dare he tell the Gay citizens of Nebraska that they are dog manure -- tell him he should go to hell"
    (notice I used clean language, as best I could, in order for them to not hang up)

    Posted by: Bob | May 22, 2012 4:22:51 PM

  15. They want to put human rights up for a popular vote? Isn't that unconstitutional?

    Posted by: John Freeman | May 22, 2012 4:33:59 PM

  16. She's such a princess dowager--I call major old gay face.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | May 22, 2012 5:32:24 PM

  17. Discrimination? where, what, how? And stop with the lie every single one of you gays can marry no matter what state you live in. I defie you to apply for a marriage certificate and be denied. The only provision is you marry someone of a different gender then yourself. Who you choose to share your bed is your own business not mine not anyone elses but who has the privlidge to marry is my business it affects my taxes my insurance and other non religious social aspects of my life. So yes put it to a vote and as 30 States have already done it will fail. 30 being the majority I suspect if it ever goes to a national vote it will fail there as well.

    Who you desire may not be under your control but who you sleep with is always under your control and if you choose to sleep with a person the same gender then you are giving up some privlidges those who do not get to keep.

    Posted by: Michael_Lederman | May 22, 2012 6:48:17 PM

  18. I'll "pray" for you, Michael_Lederman.

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | May 22, 2012 6:55:10 PM

  19. Michael_Lederman - Im sure you'd have NO PROBLEM with a gya man then marrying your daughter? ..or a lesbian marrying your son?

    Posted by: disgusted american | May 22, 2012 8:49:12 PM

  20. Michael_Lederman - and WHEn the SCOTUS passed Inter_racial marriage - over 70% of america was against it

    Posted by: disgusted american | May 22, 2012 8:50:08 PM

  21. So much for Nebraska's state motto, "Equality Before the Law".

    Posted by: scollingsworth | May 22, 2012 9:38:41 PM

  22. Michael_Lederman - Do you regularly surf gay themed websites? You must be one of the lords chosen to stand and preach truth to the sinners. Either that or your looking for some action. Which is it? In the closet, or just a deluded believer of a fairy tale? A loser either way.

    Posted by: Cearcomrade | May 22, 2012 10:13:03 PM

  23. It's to bad Michael_Lederman is a drive by, SO many questions.
    His taxs? His insurance? How do we change these? Come on dude answer !!!

    Posted by: GeorgeM | May 22, 2012 11:06:52 PM


    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 3, 2012 7:06:56 AM

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