Nebraska city council adopts gay-rights measure

Associated Press
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November 15, 2012

The Grand Island City Council has overridden a mayoral veto and enacted city employment protection for gay, bisexual and transgender people — a small reversal of the council’s rejection of much broader protections last month.
The proposal was approved on a 6-4 vote Tuesday night, The Grand Island Independent reported. Then the council voted 8-2 to override a veto by Mayor Jay Vavricek.
Last month, the council rejected a measure that would have barred businesses from discriminating against current or prospective employees based on their sexual orientation. It also would have covered housing and retail situations.
The ordinance change Tuesday night adds protection to only city policies and doesn’t affect any other employer in the south-central Nebraska community.
State and federal laws bar discrimination based on race, ethnic origin and other factors in jobs, housing and other settings. But neither state nor federal laws expressly bar discrimination against homosexual, bisexual or transgender people.