Lincoln might have been ahead of the curve when an unsuccessful attempt was made 30 years ago to put a gay rights amendment in the city charter.
The city is behind the times now.
Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is banned in more than 160 cities, including Omaha, where the City Council put such a ban into place last month.
Last year, the U.S. military approved a change in policy so that American men and women now can serve in the armed forces without hiding their sexual orientation.
Most people who are employed in workplaces of any size in Lincoln have had the experience of working with someone who was openly gay. Many larger employers already have their own policies banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce is neutral on the proposed ordinance.