UPDATE: Councilwoman Jean Stothert mentioned during the meeting that the Greater Omaha Chamber supports the resolution. Here is a link to the chamber’s letter of support.
The Omaha City Council is on record supporting inclusive workplaces in the city.
The council voted unanimously this afternoon to support a resolution offered as an alternative to Councilman Ben Gray’s proposed city ordinance that would offer legal protections to gay and transgender residents.
Gray still is moving forward with his proposal for an ordinance. A public hearing will be held March 6.
So the debate over the issue will continue. And one central question will be: Does the resolution approved today go far enough?
City Hall reporter Juan Perez Jr. reports that the resolution “says the council believes no one should be targeted for ‘scorn, hatred or violence for any reason.’”
“The council also pledges in the resolution to work with business and community leaders to promote workplaces that ‘promote respect and eliminate any workplace discrimination,’” Perez reports.
He will have more on this on omaha.com and in tomorrow’s World-Herald.