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04/19/2007


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.


Lincoln, Nebraska Passes LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance 5-0; 'Pro-Family' Groups Plan to Block It

Two Republicans abstained as five City Council Democrats voted yesterday to approve an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance in Lincoln, Nebraska, Nebraska Watchdog reports:

LincolnThe ordinance protects gay and transgendered people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation.

Opponents now have 15 days to decide whether to refer the ordinance to the people if they can gather about 2,500 signatures.  Family First Nebraska and the Nebraska Family Council have vowed to attempt such a referendum.

The two Republicans – Adam Hornung and Jon Camp – cited Attorney General Jon Bruning’s recent legal opinion that extending civil rights protection to a class not named in state statute must done via a charter amendment, which must go to a vote of the people. That opinion mirrored a Lincoln city attorney’s opinion in the early 1980s, and the subsequent charter amendment failed at the polls.

But the Democrats on the council said the current city attorney, Rod Confer, has issued a new legal opinion that the city has the right to enact such legislation by ordinance.

Blogger Aksarbent has a whole set of videos from the proceedings.

The Nebraska Family Council is working feverishly to block the measure before it can take effect:

The measure takes effect in 15 days, unless foes gather enough signatures on a referendum petition to force a public vote.

That's just what they intend to do, said the Rev. Al Riskowski, executive director of the Nebraska Family Council...Riskowski said referendum workers will circulate petitions at a number of the city's major churches this weekend. He said he expects to easily gather sufficient signatures to block the ordinance.


This is What an Insane Anti-Gay Wingnut Looks Like: VIDEO

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Check out this testimony from Jane Skrovota at this week's hearings regarding a proposed LGBT non-discrimination ordinance in Lincoln, Nebraska. And BETTER YET, watch the reaction of the guy behind her.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Some of the reasons this woman objects to LGBT people receiving protection from employment and housing discrimination:

"P- E- N- I- S goes into the anus to rupture intestines. The more a man does this the more he'll be a fatality or a homicider..."

"A huge percent of gay men in school grounds molest boys, partly because they don't have AIDS yet..."

"Hillary Clinton's roommate four years in college was a gay woman. To avoid going gay like Clinton did, college students need single rooms and single gender dorms... A college woman is seduced with illegal Rohypnol to go gay."

"Candida fungus grows hugely on a corpse. AIDS is a candida fungus disease..."

"Roman senators went to Roman baths to be promiscuous gays, bis, and orgiers then went to the Coliseum to watch Christians get mauled and perish. Do gays become this sadistic? Yes. They cuss after coupling, don't like the land they lay on, and 80% of those that did treason by the year 2000 are gays."

"Gays can transform to be celibate to live to be 80 years old."

"Read the book Nijinsky to understand that bisexuals always become insane."

"A wedding dress is for a woman not a man."

"Jesus was kissed by Judas, a homo, who tried to sabotage Jesus' kind ideas. Do you choose Jesus, a celibate, or Judas, a homo? You have to choose!"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Lincoln, Nebraska Considers LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

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Lincoln, Nebraska may follow Omaha in passing an ordinance protecting LGBT people from discrimination, and will be officially proposed later this month, supporters announced at a news conference yesterday, the Journal Star reports:

EskridgeThe proposal would extend legal anti-discrimination protection in Lincoln to gays and transgender people in housing, employment and public accommodations.

"As a person of faith who practices the peaceable, inclusive religious principles of the Jesus movement, discrimination has no basis because God shows no partiality," said the Rev. Karla J. Cooper, pastor of Quinn Chapel and chaplain at Doane College. "It is a divine mandate and imperative to pass the fairness ordinance in the city of Lincoln," Cooper said to the more than 40 people gathered in support...

...Councilman Carl Eskridge (pictured) said he didn't expect to see the kind of controversy that occurred in Omaha, where a similar proposal was passed recently, but he acknowledged there will be differing opinions among Lincoln business owners and churches. "There won't be unanimity," he said.

The Nebraska Family Council is already digging in against it:

The Rev. Al Riskowski, executive director for Nebraska Family Council, said his group would be part of the opposition.
The amendment raises freedom of speech, freedom of religion and morality issues, he said. "This is truly more of a morality issue than a minority issue," he said, adding the protection was  not necessary.

Supporters have launched a website: Make Lincoln Fair.


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