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Nebraska anti-discrimination legislation faces filibuster

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A bill that would protect Nebraskans against job discrimination based on their sexual orientation is facing resistance in the legislature.
The measure would ban employee discrimination based on the sexual orientation or gender identity.

It would apply to public employees, government contractors and private companies with 15 or more workers. Religious organizations, including schools, would be exempt.

Bill introducer senator Danielle Conrad says no one should be fired for who they are or who they love.

"Its hard to find consensus on public policy issues.," explains Conrad. "But its not hard for the public to agree that work place discrimination is wrong. It's not hard for the business to community to agree it makes good business sense to support all workers."

Opponents of this bill say it could force companies to violate their own religious beliefs, or risk losing their business.

Debate on this bill will resume on Monday.

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