CREATED Oct. 14, 2012
"The message received was, we need an ordinance like this, and folks just disagree."
The message Patrick Bonnett is talking about?
The Omaha city council's 4-3 vote in March, that passed the LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance.
"We're concerned that the Omaha city council exceeded its authority by creating a new special protected civil rights classifications for the LGBT persons, without putting it to a vote of the people."
Now signatures and flyers like these are circulating at many churches across Omaha.
Spearheaded by the Omaha Liberty Project, the group wants to change the ordinance, or get it on the primary ballot this spring.
"The aim of this petition is to reverse the language of sexual orientation and gender identity from city municipal code. "We're striking all reference to sexual orientation or gender identity."
Omaha Liberty Project needs more than 11,000 signatures to even bring the petition before the council and city leaders don't know it it's worth another fight.
"I'm just not sure that it's in the best interest of the city to go through that whole fight, all over again."
Councilman Gray, who sponsored the LGBT law, says passing it was necessary for the city, and putting a human rights issue to a public vote could turn into a slippery slope.
"I also think it sends a fairly dangerous precedent that we would be among, if not the only city, that puts a human rights issue on the ballot."