LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Nebraska:
There are currently no explicit, comprehensive statewide non-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender people in Nebraska.
The Latest on LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Nebraska:
Nebraskans continue to band together to work for a statewide comprehensive non-discrimination law, aligning the values of Nebraskans with legislation that will give protections to LGBTQ people. A nondiscrimination bill is currently tabled in the state legislature.
History of LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Nebraska:
- March 13, 2012: The city council of Omaha votes 4-3 to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s current non-discrimination protections, making Omaha the first (and, to date, only) city with comprehensive protections in Nebraska.
- August 27, 2013: The ACLU of Nebraska files suit in state court on behalf of three couples seeking to overturn the state’s ban on LGBTQ people adopting children. In August 2015, the court rules in favor of the plaintiffs. The State of Nebraska appeals the case to the Nebraska Supreme Court, and on April 7, 2017, they affirm the lower court’s decision, thereby granting LGBTQ couples and individuals the right to be adoptive and/or foster parents.
- January 21, 2015: LB 586, a bill that would enact non-discrimination laws for LGBTQ people in employment, is introduced by Senator Adam Morfield. On May 14, after three hours of debate, the bill is tabled but ignites an important conversation about the need to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination.
- January 21, 2017: LB 173, a reworking of LB 586, is filed for the 105th legislative session. On Thursday, April 6, debate begins on the bill, but legislators adjourn at the end of the week having made no decision on the legislation.
- November 18, 2019: Mayor Gaylor Baird of Lincoln signs an ordinance into law prohibiting discrimination against city employees on the basis of gender identity and expression.
Municipalities With Non-Discrimination Protections:
The following municipalities protect people from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity: MAP has a full list
- City of Omaha
Last Updated February 15, 2018