As Lincoln's gay community celebrates its Star City Pride Festival this weekend, the city ordinance to protect gay and transgender residents remains in limbo.
The ordinance, which would protect gays, lesbians and transgender individuals from discrimination in employment, public accommodations and housing, was approved by the City Council in May 2012. But a successful petition drive by several churches required the City Council to repeal the ordinance or put it to a citywide vote. The council has taken neither action since, so the ordinance remains on the books, but unenforced.
Council Chairman Carl Eskridge, who sponsored the ordinance, expects the council to put the issue to a public vote, but doesn't know when that might occur.
The annual Star City Pride Festival, which promotes equality for the LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allies) community in Lincoln and throughout Nebraska runs through Sunday.