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Grand Island, Nebraska, protects city employees

Timothy Kincaid

November 14th, 2012

It is no longer news when a city or county adds sexual orientation to the list of items from which employment discrimination is disallowed. But as a reminder of just how mainstream and ordinary it is for a city to commit to this inclusion, this week Grand Island, NE, joined the list.

Grand Island is part of Nebraska’s Third Congressional District which was last under Democratic control in 1961. Nearly 60% consider themselves religious, a third of which are Catholic. This ain’t no bastion of godless liberal hollywood types.

The council voted 6-4 to add the protections. But the Mayor vetoed the ordinance.

Then two of the no votes (including one who was worried that Grand Island might be seen as “gay friendly”) felt the Mayor wasn’t respecting the decision of the Board. So they joined the supporters in overturning the Mayor’s veto.

It’s not a big deal. Grand Island has less than 50,000 residents and the change only impact city employees.

But as a symbol of the significant shift in public opinion just in the past decade, Grand Island tells us where rural conservative America is today. They may pass constitutional amendments denying our rights, but they are coming around.

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TampaZeke
November 14th, 2012 | LINK

Small correction.

NB is New Brunswick.

Nebraska is NE.

Timothy Kincaid
November 14th, 2012 | LINK

thanks Zeke

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