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Conservative Group Wants Public Vote on Omaha's LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance

"Pro-family" and Tea Party-aligned groups in Nebraska are doing their best to do away with any LGBT non-discrimination ordinances that are passed in the state, Aksarbent reports:

BonnettIn May, after Omaha adopted an LGBT anti-bias ordinance, the Lincoln City Council did the same, on a 5-0 vote with the two Republican councilmen abstaining. The Nebraska Family Council and Family First of Nebraska immediately gathered 2500 petitions to halt implementation of the law, requiring the city council to either let the ordinance die or put it on the ballot. Petitions were gathered at every Catholic church in Lincoln and four times the required number of signatures were collected.

     Last week, a petition request with the City of Omaha to put the city's anti-bias law to a popular vote was filed by a group calling itself the Omaha Liberty Project. The organization includes a board member of the Nebraska Family Council, William Femi Awodele; its leader is a local Tea Party activist, Patrick Bonnett (pictured), owner of Encore Financial Services, Inc. of Omaha.

     Omaha legal officials are reviewing the proposed petition. If it is approved and attracts enough signatures, the council will have the option to enact or reject a petition-led proposal within 30 days of receiving it. Should the council not enact the proposal, it would go to a public vote during the next scheduled city election.

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Straight Omaha Man Beaten in Alleged Anti-Gay Hate Crime Outside Omaha, Nebraska Bar: VIDEO

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A 24-year-old heterosexual man posted a video to YouTube on Saturday alleging that he and his brother were assaulted outside McFly's bar in Omaha, Nebraska in an anti-gay hate crime.

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Says the YouTube uploader Darthn8er (my transcript).

Last night I was the victim of a hate crime. My brother and I were jumped by four guys outside a bar in Omaha, Nebraska because they said we were gay. My brother and I are not gay, however, my little brother is. I got into a guy's face about it, and we got jumped, and were called gay. You can see my face. It's so swollen...Getting ready to go to the hospital now. I've got scrapes, cuts. My lip, you can see how huge it is. It's black and blue. My brother's lip's cut up. I want to be a voice to let people know that it's not all right. People need to be tolerant. This shouldn't happen.

Adds the man:

The bar owner ended up banning my brother and I for life. And We were the victims at his bar. Which only goes to say he probably knew the guys who did it. We filed a police report. If anything happens from it we'll be lucky. Stand up and be heard.

While local news has not yet picked up the story there was interest from at least one station WOWT, in the YouTube comments. We'll see what they discover.

McFly's Facebook page is here.

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Omaha Archdiocese Stomps Out Gay Couple's Marriage Announcement: VIDEO

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The Omaha Archdiocese caught wind of a same-sex wedding announcement that was going to be published in the newsletter of Marian High School, a Catholic school, and nipped it in the bud.

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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.


Omaha TV Viewers See Ad on LGBT Discrimination on Eve of City Council Vote: VIDEO

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Omaha local TV ran an ad last night in advance of today's City Council vote on an ordinance protecting LGBT workers from discrimination.

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(via aksarbent)

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Omaha City Council to Debate and Vote on LGBT Bias Bill Today

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(Above, Nebraska football coach Ron Brown bashing gays at a hearing last week)

I've been posting quite a bit on this (see links below) and now it's time to vote on it.

GrayThe World Herald reports:

[Ben] Gray's (pictured, right) proposed amendments to city anti-discrimination ordinances would allow lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents to file complaints with Omaha's Human Rights and Relations Department if they believed they were fired because of their sexual orientation, suffered other workplace discrimination or were refused service at restaurants, hotels or other places that serve the public.

Gray's proposed language includes an exemption for religious organizations.

The seven council members are scheduled to debate and vote on the protections, and related amendments, at the start of the 2 p.m. meeting. Most eyes will be on Councilman Franklin Thompson, who killed a similar proposal in 2010 by declining to cast a vote on it. The vote that time was 3-3.

Thompson has promised to vote Tuesday.

The World-Herald is hosting a liveblog of the meeting starting at 2pm CT.

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