Nebraska Bill To Ban LGBT Job Discrimination Stalls

A bill that would bar Nebraska businesses from discriminating against LGBT job applicants and workers has stalled in the Legislature.

Supporters on Tuesday failed to force a vote on the measure after about three hours of debate. Previous attempts to pass similar measures in recent years have failed.

The bill by state Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks, of Lincoln, sparked an emotional debate among senators.

Supporters argue that employers shouldn’t be able to discriminate against people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, and say the bill would create a more welcoming atmosphere in Nebraska. Opponents contend that employers might be forced to contradict their sincerely held religious beliefs.

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