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Nebraska Senate kills anti-discrimination bill

No steps forward in this part of Red State America. This is why we need ENDA.

The Senate voted 24-15 to kill the most recent bill, introduced by Sen. Ernie Chambers (D-Omaha).

Prior to the vote Chambers said the legislation would give gays and lesbians “what all of us take for granted: the right to earn an honest living. We’re not talking about anything other than the right to get a job.”

Two Republicans led the attack on the bill. Sen. Tony Fulton (R-Lincoln) said it would give special rights to homosexuals and said it could lead to protections for to pedophiles and transvestites.

Sen. Tom Carlson (R-Holdrege) said gays don’t need workplace protections as long as they keep their sex lives in the closet. “We’re talking here about values. We’re talking here about behavior. We’re talking here about ethics,” he said.

Yes, we have a long way to go if we’re waiting for “fairness” to come from “the people.” Ironically, Iowa and Colorado, neighbors to Nebraska, are about to have anti-discriminations measures signed into law by their governors, joining 18 other states and DC that outlaw employment discrimination because of orientation.

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