Omaha, the biggest city in Nebraska, is on the verge of instituting an anti-discrimination law that would include sexual orientation among other protected groups.
Of course this pisses off Sen. Beau McCoy (R-Lincoln) to no end, but since he has no authority on the city level, he’s heading it off at the pass by pushing LB 912, a measure in the Nebraska Legislature that would unify all discrimination laws in the state.
Since Nebraska doesn’t have LGBT protections statewide, the Omaha bill would be null and void.
Ooh, that sneaky bastard.
McCoy (right) says the point of his bill to end any inequality in civil-rights laws in the state: “If something is discrimination, why does it stop at the city line?” he tells The Daily Nebraskan. “If it is discrimination, it is discrimination anywhere.”
Exactly right, Mr. McCoy. So shouldn’t the state get in line with the broadest laws in its borders, rather than the other way around?
“It’s very clear that this was brought as an attempt to roadblock [the Omaha] ordinance,” said Shelley Kiel, president of Citizens for Equal Protection in Omaha. “We can talk around this all day and all night, but that is the intent of the legislation.”
LB 912 could also unravel sexual-orientation provisions on the books at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Omaha Public School Board, as well as protection against housing discrimination based on marital status and age in the city.
Wow, it’s getting pretty alarming how far homophobes will go to stifle any recognition or protection of the LGBT community. What’s next—shutting down schools that have GSAs?
Actually, forget we mentioned it.
Photos: Debe Soule, Ensign Beedrill