Petition to bring Lincoln’s ‘Fairness Ordinance’ to a vote collects over 18,000 signatures

Opponents of the latest city council ordinance, that is said to expand equal opportunities, have received enough petition signatures to force action.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP/KLKN) — Opponents of the latest city council ordinance, that is said to expand equal opportunities, has received enough petition signatures to force action.  The Nebraska Family Alliance launched a petition the day after Lincoln City Council passed an amendment to Title 11 of city code.

The NFA needed 4, 137 signatures to have the ordinance either rescinded or put to a city wide vote.  On Tuesday, they the group announced they received 18, 501 signatures.

Once the signatures are verified by Lancaster County officials, City Council will need to make a decision on if they will rescind the ordinance or have it put on the ballot for voters to decide it’s fate.

The ACLU of Nebraska is in support of this ordinance and said in a tweet that they are “ready to ensure support of equality and basic civil right should not be decided at the ballot box.”

A similar circumstance happened in 2012 when the first ‘Fairness Ordinance’ was presented to the council and approved for the city.  A petition was put forth then as well to have the ordinance removed or voted on. that petition received 10,000 signatures and no action was ever taken by the City Council until this year.

This is a developing story, stick with Channel 8 for any updates. 

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