The Associated Press State & Local Wire
DATELINE: OMAHA Neb.
The Omaha City Council is facing another effort to expand its anti-discrimination protections to gay and transgender people.
A proposed ordinance by Councilman Ben Gray would provide an exemption for religious organizations. It would apply to employers, employment agencies, job training programs, labor groups, public accommodations and businesses that contract with the city.
A similar proposal failed to pass in October 2010 on a 3-3 vote.
Backers of the proposals have said they would make Omaha a more welcoming city to a diverse workforce.
Opponents have said the proposals would add an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy and open up businesses to lawsuits.
Some people say the issue should be put on a ballot for city voters to decide.
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