20 states and the District of Columbia have laws preventing employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender. Nebraska will not join that list of states this year. Lawmakers fell 7 votes short of getting the support needed to overcome a filibuster and bring the bill to a vote. Lincoln Senator, Danielle Conrad, sponsored the proposal to protect workers from being fired because of their sexual preferences, saying the effort will continue. Opponents argued the bill could have violated the religious beliefs of businesses which oppose gay relationships.