(Neb)-Floor Debate Begins LGBT Discrimination Bill
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Lawmakers began debate yesterday on a measure to protect Nebraska workers from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, but adjourned for a long weekend without a vote and Speaker Jim Scheer hasn't set a date to resume debate.
Senators adjourned for the week Thursday without voting on the bill. They're expected to pick it up at a later date, though Speaker Jim Scheer of Norfolk has not yet decided when. Scheer says he won't schedule it until sponsors show him they can defeat a filibuster.
Senators who support the bill argue it's both a civil rights and economic issue, and that Nebraska needs to attract and retain young workers, who generally support diversity.
Opponents say the measure threatens the religious freedom of business owners who will be forced to hire LGBT people.
The debate comes two days after a federal appeals court in Chicago ruled that LGBT workers are protected from employment discrimination under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
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