A long line of Omahans offered the City Council compelling arguments for approving a proposal to make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The City Council should heed their advice.
One of the first speakers at Tuesday's public hearing said that while Omahans know their city is welcoming and supportive, a failure to pass such protections would damage that image.
A lawyer employed by one of Omaha's biggest corporations said the prevailing standard among most businesses already is to protect gay employees from discrimination.
A representative of the city's young professionals said many of their generation don't view Omaha as inclusive or diverse, but this proposal offers an opportunity to change that.
A small-business owner said the proposal would not be challenging for small businesses and that a lack of such protections puts Omaha firms at a disadvantage in recruiting talented employees.
Such laws already exist at the state and federal levels for race, religion, gender and disabilities. As we have said before, it is…