Lincoln city council member introduces new version of ‘Fairness Ordinance’
Almost ten years after it was originally introduced, the city of Lincoln could see an amendment to the city municipal code that would offer more equal opportunities for people in Lincoln.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) –Almost ten years after it was originally introduced, the city of Lincoln could see an amendment to the city municipal code that would offer more equal opportunities for people in Lincoln.The fairness ordinance originally introduced in 2012 would have allowed LGBTQ+ people to be protected legally from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. It was approved by the city council, but a petition forced it to a public vote, where it didn’t go through. Now city council member Sandra Washington is hoping to bring the change to the municipal code back to life. The main goal is attract and retain more talent for Lincoln. So, what are some of the adjustments being made? For starters, it’s going to do away with “sex” being an identifying factor for someone’s gender. Instead, the code will say, “Gender identity or expression shall mean an individual’s actual or perceived gender related identity, expression, behavior, or other characteristics of an individual with or without regard to their assigned sex at birth.” On top of that, it adds military personnel and veterans as a protected group of individuals. It would also change how people identify in their martial status. It will now include the option of divorce and separation. B big topic that’s been addressed in the state recently that will also see some modifications is the wording behind race. The new code will also protect individuals against discrimination when it comes to hair texture and protected hairstyles. Lastly, it will allow people to identify their tribal affiliations when they are defining their national origin.