First seen on the blog Joe. My. God. and reposted from the original Associated Press report from therepublic.com:
OMAHA, Neb. — The Omaha City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that would extend protections to gay and transgender people.
The proposal, put forward by Councilman Ben Gray, would apply to employers, employment agencies, job training programs, labor groups, public accommodations and businesses that contract with the city. It also would provide exemptions for religious organizations.
A similar proposal failed to pass in October 2010 on a 3-3 vote, but passed Tuesday on a 4-3 vote.
Nebraska’s anti-discrimination laws and federal regulations don’t extend protection to gay and transgender people.
This may seem like a small victory; espceially given the Nebraska state anti-discrimination laws exclusion of gay and transgender people, but, however incremental, it still a victory nonetheless. The fact that it failed previously, but passed this year and includes protections for transgender people shows that Omaha and we as a nation are moving in the right direction. If find it fitting that the article quotes Councilman Franklin Thompson when he is speaking about “race relations and the civil rights movement, saying, “‘We didn’t get all our rights in 17 months. It was a process.'” It is a process and success in the process, like this, show why it gets better.