Governor Heineman Urges Public Vote on Gay Bias Laws

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Nebraska's governor says city ordinances barring discrimination against gay and transgender people should be put to public votes.

Gov. Dave Heineman on Tuesday cited a recent opinion from the state attorney general's office that said cities would have to amend their charters to offer protections to groups not covered by state law.

Omaha's ordinance has gone into effect. Lincoln's was approved on May 14 but won't go into effect for 15 days. Neither city charter was amended.

In general, the ordinances protect gay and transgender people from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.

Nebraska's anti-discrimination laws and federal regulations don't extend protection to gay and transgender people.

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