‘Fairness Ordinance’ petition comes to a close on deadline day

The deadline has come for the petition started by the Nebraska Family Alliance to put a new city ordinance to a vote.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) –The deadline has come for the petition started by the Nebraska Family Alliance to put a new city ordinance to a vote. The ordinance, commonly known as the ‘Fairness Ordinance’ was put forth by city councilwoman Sandra Washington after years of work.

“We believe that this ordinance really ignores both common sense and the will of the people. Our petition simply to allow people to vote on this issue and we believe that that’s a right that the citizens of Lincoln have, ” Nate Grasz with the Nebraska Family Alliance said.

Washington said this ordinance was designed to make the city code more inclusive based off a supreme court ruling about the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“They found that when a person is discriminated for, like on employment, on the basis of their sexual orientation, or their gender expression, it is in fact discrimination on the basis of sex,” Washington said.

A similar ordinance was passed in 2012 by Lincoln city council but Washington says this ones goes even further to allow for more equal opportunities for everyone.

The fairness ordinance in 2012, while passed by the city council, also faced a petition drive to have it removed. That petition received over 10,000 signatures which put the ordinance on the back burner until this year.

Now, the NFA needs 4,137 signatures which would require city council to either remove the ordinance or put it on a ballot.

The Nebraska Family Alliance is expected to announce how many signatures they received on Tuesday.

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