Petition Drive to Repeal Omaha's LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance Fails
Right-wing religious groups have failed in their petition drive efforts to repeal Omaha, Nebraska's LGBT non-discrimination ordinance, the World-Herald reports:
A church-led effort to repeal the ordinance did not gather enough signatures in time to launch a referendum immediately, organizers said Thursday.
The Omaha Liberty Project, sponsor of the petition effort, needed to submit roughly 11,400 valid resident signatures to the city today to potentially force a vote in May's general election.
The group's volunteer petition circulators led months of signature gathering and community-organizing efforts, its leader said, but didn't collect enough signatures to account for potentially ineligible entries. The group has already missed a deadline to place the issue on the primary ballot.
Organizers blame their failure on getting a late start, lack of education on the issue, and not public opinion.