Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Proposed Omaha Sexual Orientation Ordinance

Ben Gray, from the Omaha City Council, plans to reintroduce a city ordinance on February 28th that adds sexual orientation and gender identity as additional protected categories under the City of Omaha’s prohibitions against discriminatory practices.
  •  This ordinance creates a protected class for literally everyone to be involved in any legal sexual behavior... heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual or gender identity sexual behavior.
  • A public hearing will be at the March 6th Council meeting and a vote as soon as March 13th. 

Ben Gray has added an exemption for churches but states that parachurch ministries and non-profits will not be exempt. This raises some problematic issues including:
  • Christian High School ministries could be forced to hire active LGBTQ people.
  • Little Lambs Lutheran preschool (and other schools) could be forced to hire LGBTQ people.
  • Catholic Schools could be required to hire LGBTQ people to be their gym teachers?
  • A transgendered male who wants to be housed with women at a shelter house in Omaha, might have to be accommodated.
  • Islamic study centers could be forced to hire LGBTQ professors.
This ordinance is a threat to our religious liberties. The First Amendment guarantees the free exercise of religion to individuals, not just to religious organizations. The church is the people, not the steeple. The ordinance, even with the religious exemption, restricts selected aspects our faith to being lived only within our faith community (our church buildings).

This ordinance would make sexual orientation a protected classification and subject employers and business owners to government sanctioned penalties and litigation if they do not conduct their business according to these newly redefined discrimination policies regardless of their personal religious convictions.

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