Lincoln Anti-Bias Ordinance Sits on the Books Unenforced

Lincoln(AP) — As Lincoln’s gay community celebrates its four-day Star City Pride festival, the city’s stalled ordinance to protect gay and transgender residents appears to be heading nowhere fast.

The ordinance, which would protect gays, lesbians and transgender individuals from discrimination in employment, public accommodations and housing, was approved by the City Council in May 2012.

But a successful petition drive by several churches required the Lincoln City Council to repeal the ordinance or put it to a citywide vote.

The council has taken neither action since, so the ordinance remains on the books, but unenforced.

Council Chairman Carl Eskridge, who sponsored the ordinance, says that he expects the council to put the issue to a public vote, but doesn’t know when that might occur.