The Lincoln, Neb., City Council on Monday evening approved expanding the city’s civil rights protections to include its LGBT citizens.
The partisan vote was approved by the five Democrats on the council; the two Republicans abstained, saying they had a conflict of interest.
“Prejudice and discrimination are never right in this community for any reasons,” said Councilman Carl Eskridge, sponsor of the “fairness ordinance,” after the vote.
“This is good for Lincoln. It says this is a progressive community, open to whoever chooses to come… a welcoming city… a respectful community to live, work, play and raise families,” Eskridge said.