The fairness ordinance has been a hot topic since Lincoln's City Council voted on the issue in May, but it doesn't look like the matter will be resolved any time soon.
For residents like Gail Ogden, that's a good thing. "I think that's okay. It gives people time to cool down and form different opinions about this issue and maybe to get more education about it."
The ordinance bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. It was originally passed by the City Council, but the Nebraska Family Council collected enough signatures to put the ordinance on the ballot.
The city originally planned to have residents vote on the issue in November, but to do that, the City Council would need to approve the ballot language at Monday's meeting and the issue is not on the agenda.
Some residents were concerned over the delay. Others, like Ed Rumbaugh, just want the issue to be decided. "I don't think it matters when it happens. It's more important that it does happen. What's wrong with being fair to everyone? What's wrong with recognizing the inequities and the unfairness in the laws?"
Mayor Chris Beutler has been clear, he wants the fairness ordinance to be approved by voters.