Nebraska Family Alliance launches petition to vote on Equal Opportunity ordinance

The Nebraska Family Alliance needs a little over 4,000 signatures by Monday to have the ordinance go to a vote.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) —It was just over a week ago that Lincoln City Council passed a new ordinance that aims at providing more equal opportunities for Lincolnites.

Some say Title 11 puts people at risk and could induce serious fines to private businesses.

“We have concerns about what this ordinance means for the privacy and safety of women in our city. The ordinance is very broad. It’s sweeping. But this also goes beyond just the bathroom issue. There is language in the ordinance that would allow a citizen business, even nonprofits or churches to be liable simply for their speech for expressing a viewpoint,” said Nate Grasz of the Nebraska Family Alliance.

The ordinance looks to change city code to be more inclusive when it comes to things like gender identity, veterans and active military, and race.

The Nebraska Family Alliance has started a petition to allow the city of Lincoln to vote on what they are calling the fairness ordinance.

Even Gov. Ricketts has chimed in saying it puts girls at risk and “prevents parents from helping their kids experiencing gender dysphoria.”

Councilwoman Sändra Washington says that’s simply not the point of the change.

“It says that we are a community and we can, we can show our values and action by saying we are welcoming. We are open for business. We will welcome everyone here. You can thrive here in Lincoln. I hope that at the end of the day, we don’t have any cases of discrimination,” Washington said.

The Nebraska Family Alliance needs a little over 4,000 signatures by Monday to have the ordinance go to a vote.

Washington is hopeful that Title 11 will stay and Lincoln can be considered an inclusive city.

 

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