Posted by 03 March 2020
A business coalition is pushing Nebraska legislators to enact a law to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Legislators and the governor are cool to the idea, however.
The business owners supporting this bill say it will help the state attract workers. They argue that in a world where businesses are competing for employees in a tight labor market, such a law would bolster the state’s reputation. That, they argue, will draw new workers.
Gov. Pete Ricketts is skeptical, however. He notes that many states with high-performing economies do not this type of anti-discrimination law. His spokesperson also said that such laws can be used to attack businesses whose owners have faith-based objections to performing certain transactions.
Legislators seemed more aligned to Gov. Ricketts’ position than the stance being taken by business groups. As in past sessions, there is a bill that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. And, just like in past sessions, it seems destined to be voted down. In previous years, however, there has not been a push by the statewide chamber of commerce or business groups in favor of the bill.
There are 25 states that have laws banning anti-gay discrimination.
Do you think that it hurts a state’s economy if that state does not have a law banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity?