Dozens of people have testified for or against a proposed ordinance that would extend anti-bias protections to gay and transgender people in Lincoln.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The speakers shared their views on the so-called "fairness amendment" Monday at a public hearing before the City Council.
The measure would protect gay and transgender people from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations in the state's capital city. The council is scheduled to vote on the measure next week.
The Rev. Nancy Erickson of First-Plymouth Congregational Church says lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are forced to live double lives because their livelihoods depend "upon them keeping a secret."
But Dave Gehrls, speaking for an Omaha-based ministry, said the measure discriminates against people of faith "who cannot live their faith in their businesses."
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