Lincoln already is a fair and welcoming city for all people, and everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. Unfortunately, the proposed ballot initiative is coercive, needlessly divisive, and undermines both fairness and freedom.

In February, Nebraska Family Alliance organized a diverse coalition of churches, business owners, private schools, and concerned citizens who collected 18,501 signatures in opposition to the “Fairness Ordinance” in just two weeks—more than four times the needed amount.

On June 13th, the Lincoln City Council voted 4-3 to officially rescind the ordinance. This was a tremendous, hard-fought victory, and we couldn’t have done it without you!

But now, a group of activists have filed their own petition and are actively collecting signatures to put the same exact “Fairness Ordinance” on the ballot in November.

Supporters of the ordinance have until August 1st to collect the necessary 8,846 signatures to get the initiative on the ballot.

This means we may be facing a full-fledged campaign with tens of thousands of dollars being spent to mislead voters on what the ordinance really does, and our work to reach, educate, and equip citizens with the truth will be more vital than ever.

We want Lincoln to remain a fair and welcoming place for all people. Unfortunately, the “Fairness Ordinance” undermines both fairness and freedom by coercing and punishing citizens who disagree with gender identity policies that allow biological men in private spaces for women and would be enforced as a sword against people of faith instead of a shield to the LGBT community as promised. 

Information

Every person should be treated with dignity and respect. Unfortunately, coercive sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) laws undermine both fairness and freedom.

These policies are used to:

      • Force a destructive gender ideology on society
      • Require that men who profess a female identity be permitted to access women’s bathrooms and locker rooms
      • Threaten business owners with devastating financial liability
      • Empower the government to punish citizens with Biblical beliefs on marriage and human sexuality

COERCIVE SOGI LAWS UNDERMINE BOTH FAIRNESS AND FREEDOM. READ MORE TO LEARN HOW THESE LAWS ARE HARMFUL.

The proposed ballot initiative ignores common sense by giving men who claim to be female unfettered access to intimate places designated for women, including showers, locker rooms, and restrooms at:

      • Businesses
      • Gyms
      • Private schools 
      • Youth sports leagues
      • And even churches

Due to the initiative’s broad reach and ill-defined, unverifiable definition of “sex,” a business or non-profit could be guilty of violating the law for failing to use someone’s preferred pronouns or for trying to prevent men who self-identify as women from entering women’s bathrooms.

Citizens could be charged with civil penalties and life-ruining fines.

Timeline

April 30, 2012

A 25-page “Fairness Ordinance” introduced to the Lincoln City Council.

May 29, 2012

Nebraska Family Alliance (Nebraska Family Council and Family First at the time) turned in 10,092 signatures collected in just 14 days, blocking the so-called “Fairness Ordinance” from taking effect. The Lincoln City Council never took any action on the referendum, and the ordinance remained inoperable.

February 14, 2022

The Lincoln City Council voted 5-0 to pass the new version of the so-called “Fairness Ordinance.”

June 13, 2022

The Lincoln City Council voted 5-2 to rescind the 2012 version of the so-called “Fairness Ordinance.”

August 8, 2022

Let Lincoln Vote announced they had collected 11,000 signatures in 47 days. The signatures must now be verified by the Lancaster County Election Commissioner. If 8,846 signatures are verified, the Lincoln City Council must enact the harmful ordinance as written or pass a resolution before September 1st to put it on the November ballot.

May 14, 2012

The Lincoln City Council voted 5-0 to pass the so-called “Fairness Ordinance.”

September 26, 2013

Nebraska Family Council and Family First merged to become Nebraska Family Alliance, the largest and longest-standing pro-family non-profit organization in the state, representing a diverse network of thousands of individuals, families, and faith leaders.

February 15, 2022

Nebraska Family Alliance launched a petition drive to collect 4,137 signatures in just two weeks to require the Lincoln City Council to rescind the ordinance or put it on the ballot for a vote. Over 340 volunteers of different backgrounds, ages, and nationalities rallied together to collect signatures from concerned citizens, business owners, and more than 70 churches.

June 13, 2022

The Lincoln City Council voted 4-3 to rescind the 2022 version of the so-called “Fairness Ordinance.”

May 15, 2012

Nebraska Family Alliance (Nebraska Family Council and Family First at the time) launched a petition drive to collect 2,489 signatures in just two weeks to require the Lincoln City Council to rescind the ordinance or put it on the ballot for a vote.

January 31, 2022

Councilwoman Sändra Washington introduced a sweeping 67-page version of the so-called “Fairness Ordinance,” which would force churches, businesses, and private schools to allow biological men in women’s showers, locker rooms, and restrooms. Citizens could be charged with devastating fines by an unelected commission for simply upholding the privacy rights of women and girls or failing to use someone’s preferred pronouns.

March 1, 2022

Nebraska Family Alliance turned in 18,501 signatures collected in just 14 days, blocking the so-called “Fairness Ordinance” from taking effect.

June 22, 2022

A group called Let Lincoln Vote launched a misleading ballot initiative to collect 8,846 signatures and enshrine the coercive “Fairness Ordinance” into Lincoln’s municipal code. 

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