Created: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:27:00 CST
Updated: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:37:29 CST
Failure by filibuster... A legislative bill that would have banned job discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender residents did not have enough support to advance yesterday in the Unicameral. After nearly 8 hours of debate over two days, an attempt to force a vote on the bill failed.
Nebraska lawmakers voted 26 to 22 on a motion to cease debate and take an immediate vote on LB 485. 33 votes were needed.
The bill was introduced by Lincoln Senator Danielle Conrad. It would prohibit employers from discriminating against an individual based on sexual orientation. Current law prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, marital status, or national origin.
Omaha Senator Beau McCoy spoke in opposition to the bill, saying it would force employers to tolerate lifestyles their religions condemn. But, Senator Conrad said 20 states have approved similar measures. She also said a majority of Nebraskans support the bill.