Lincoln residents will not have the chance to vote on the fairness amendment in the November statewide election.
The language for a ballot issue would have to be on Monday's council agenda in order to meet the election commissioner's Sept. 4 deadline.
But the council agenda has nothing on it relating to a ballot issue providing civil rights protection in Lincoln based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
Mayor Chris Beutler's staff confirmed the issue would not appear on the November ballot.
Councilman Carl Eskridge will be discussing the future of the fairness ordinance and vote when he returns to Lincoln next week.
The ordinance was passed originally by the city council, but citizens collected more than 10,000 signatures to overturn the ordinance and call for a vote.
Beutler had said a proposal to amend the city charter would go on a future ballot.
The proposal would provide protection against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations in Lincoln for gays, lesbians and trangender people.