Tag Archives: Nebraska

NEBRASKA: Lincoln City Council Passes LGBT Rights Ordinance With 5-0 Vote

Last night the Lincoln City Council (sort of) unanimously passed its anti-discrimination ordinance. The two Republicans on the council abstained from voting. The ordinance protects gay and transgendered people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation. Hate groups are vowing to overturn the measure by a public vote. Opponents now have 15 days to decide whether to refer the …

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NEBRASKA: Anti-Gay Lincoln Woman Lives In Home For The Severely Mentally Ill

As some of you guessed, the Nebraska woman who issued that bizarre anti-gay rant to the Lincoln City Council is a diagnosed schizophrenic. Jane Svoboda, 52, lives at an assisted-living facility in Lincoln and is listed as a protected person, according to court documents. Her brother, Patrick Svoboda of Ogallala, is her conservator because she is incompetent, the documents say. …

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NEBRASKA: Deranged Woman Rants Against Gay And “Orgy” Rights

This clip by regular JMG tipster Arksarbent has gone viral today. Enjoy five minutes of the most bizarre cray-cray you’ll hear this year. “Whitney Houston was found without clothes in a bathtub. Every corpse found without clothes has a partner that did away with them.” Also: Did you know that you’ll die within thirty minutes of rimming somebody? This came …

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NEBRASKA: Seven Hours Of Pro & Con Testimony Over Lincoln’s LGBT Bill

The city council of Lincoln, Nebraska endured seven hours of testimony yesterday as they considered a new ordinance that would protect LGBT residents from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. The usual asshats were on hand. Opponents said the ordinance would impinge upon their religious freedoms by requiring them to accept behavior they consider immoral. “Our faith is something …

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OMAHA: Gay Employment Bill PASSES

By a one vote margin, the Omaha City Council has just approved a city law protecting LGBT people from employment discrimination. The City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday to pass the ordinance. 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 …

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OMAHA: Pro-Gay Ad Runs On Local TV Prior To Today’s Gay Rights Vote

JMG tipster and fellow blogger Aksarbent is doing a great job tracking the continuing battle over Omaha’s proposed bill to add sexual orientation to existing protection ordinances. The final vote is expected today.

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OMAHA: Deranged Christianists Testify Against Civil Rights For LGBT People

JMG tipster and fellow blogger Arksarbent took this video at a hearing for a proposed bill to protect LGBT residents of Omaha from discrimination. Get the net! Get a LOT of nets.

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NEBRASKA: State GOP Rep Introduces Bill To Repeal LGBT Rights Statewide

Nebraska GOP Rep. Beau McCoy has introduced a bill that would overturn the very few local LGBT rights laws across the state. McCoy’s bill stipulates that only the state has the right to create protected classes of citizens. McCoy’s proposed bill would amend state law to prohibit local governments from creating new classes of residents protected from discrimination. “It just …

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Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) To Retire

Two-term Sen. Ben Nelson (NE) has announced his retirement, spurring renewed fears that the Democrats will lose their Senate majority in 2012. Nelson has consistently been one of the most conservative Democrats in the Senate, and during the very brief period in 2009 in which the caucus held 60 seats, his was usually the toughest vote to secure. Still, no …

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NEBRASKA: Drag Queen Verbally Battles Asshat Campus Preachers

And the students LOVED her.(Tipped by JMG reader Victor)

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NEBRASKA: Omaha Rejects LGBT Rights

Yesterday the city council of Omaha, Nebraska voted to continue to allow businesses to fire someone for being gay, to deny someone service in restaurants for being gay, and to deny housing to someone for being gay. The measure failed on a 3-3 vote. Councilman Franklin Thompson, who has called for a public vote on the issue, abstained. Councilmen Ben …

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NEBRASKA: Man Tries To Pepper-Spray Westboro Nuts, Hits Cop And Good Guys

A 61 year-old man tried to pepper-spray the members of the Westboro Baptist Church yesterday, but instead doused a nearby cop and counter-protesters. The Phelps clan was picketing the funeral of a soldier killed in Afghanistan. George Vogel was arrested Saturday morning a few blocks away from the First United Methodist Church, the location of Staff Sergeant Michael Bock’s funeral. …

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NEBRASKA: Women Seeking Abortions Must Undergo Screening For Mental Illness

The Nebraska legislature has passed a bill requiring mental illness screenings for women who seek abortion, purportedly to determine if they were pressured into their decision. The bill had the backing of anti-abortion activists seeking to place additional roadblocks and delays into women’s reproductive choices. Republican Gov. Dave Heineman’s office said Monday he will sign the bill Tuesday, along with …

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Married On One Side, Not On The Other

Marriage equality activists gathered in Omaha on a pedestrian bridge connecting Nebraska and Iowa this weekend to demand their rights. Gay and lesbian couples and supporters from Nebraska and Iowa marched to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge and met in the middle with a message. “As soon as you cross the line, you’re no longer married. You realize that? We’ve …

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Friendly Voices – Paul Donahoe

“I am straight, but on the forums people make a lot of gay jokes about me. I’m not too concerned. They can talk about me all they want, it doesn’t matter. If a guy wants to be with a guy, who cares? Obviously, I did it for the money. We kept thinking no one would ever find out because it …

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Wingnuts Protest The Protest

So much for the wingnuts keeping their kids at home today. Instead, these jokers in Nebraska took it to the school. A small group of anti-gay demonstrators who showed up at Lincoln East High School Friday morning prompted 10 to 15 students to stage their own protest, with one student running through a banner that said “homosexuality is a sin.” …

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