A group of local gay rights activists joined Mayor Jim Suttle today as he signed a set of amendments offering new legal protections to gay and transgender residents.
Councilman Ben Gray, who sponsored the changes to the city's anti-discrimination ordinances, also attended the signing ceremony at the mayor's office.
Approved by the Omaha City Council on a 4-3 vote, the revised ordinances will allow lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents to file complaints with Omaha's Human Rights and Relations Department.
They can do so if they were fired because of their orientation, suffered other workplace discrimination or were refused service at restaurants, hotels or other places that serve the public. Religious organizations are exempt from the provisions.
The changes will formally take effect March 28.
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