Thursday, April 3, 2014

Nebraska Unicameral begins debate on LB485, LGBT employment antidiscrimination bill

The enemies of LGBT legal recourse to arbitrary discrimination are pulling out all the stops to ensure that this bill does not pass. Sen. Beau McCoy has vowed to filibuster the bill. (McCoy's biggest 2008 contributor was TD Ameritrade millionaire Peter Ricketts, now running against him for Governor.)
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     Just in from the Lincoln Journal-Star:
Sen. Lydia Brasch, who says charitably that
she doesn't judge those gay "individuals"
she claims are her friends. One wonders what
her unnamed gay "friends" will think about her
commitment to deny them same kind of
employment protection that Christians enjoy
as a protected class. To see the kind of people
with whom Brasch aligns herself, go here.
     ...Sen. Lydia Brasch of Bancroft was among those opposing the measure. She said she has had emails from people who fear the measure would infringe on their religious and "faith-based" beliefs.
     "I stand in support of faith. I believe LB485 does not support faith," she said. "The foundation of this country is based on faith.
     "I have known, I still know, I am friends with individuals who are gay," Brasch said. "It's not a basis for our friendship. I don't judge them. I don't believe that when we are faith-based, that we judge other people. That is what God does."
     Amy Miller, legal director of the Nebraska chapter of the ACLU, spoke in support of the bill last year in committee. She said Conrad's measure does not create special rights or privileges that would not be available to all Nebraskans.
The Unicameral adjourned Thursday without a vote on LB485. The Omaha World-Herald quoted TransCanada lapdog and Papillion Sen. Jim Smith: “I believe this bill is one additional burden to our employers, our business men and the job creators in our state.”
     The sponsor, Lincoln Sen. Danielle Conrad, told the Herald that a majority of state lawmakers support her bill.
     The Unicameral adjourned today without voting on the legislation and won't meet tomorrow.
     More debate, if needed, and a vote on the bill is scheduled for Monday. Opponents need 17 votes to block the measure and will probably filibuster it. Supporters need 33 of 49 votes to end a filibuster.

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