During the May 19 morning session at the State Capitol, state Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh (pictured above) began to softly repeat a pro-transgender chant – “Transgender people belong here!” from protesters outside. As she said the chant over and over, however, her voice got louder and louder until she was screaming and waving her arms hysterically.
Karen Bowling of Nebraska Family Alliance tells AFN the state senator who denounced the bill had already used the filibuster to block other bills opposed during the legislative session.
"Religious liberty, religious freedom, conscience protection for healthcare workers—all of them had hearings,” Bowling advises. “So there were several priority bills that won't get heard this year because of the use – or maybe what I would correctly like to suggest the overuse – of the filibuster."
Being one vote short, the Let Them Grow Act that restricts minors from the life-altering surgery was combined with another bill limiting abortions to overcome another filibuster attempt.
“And so it's really kind of a first-in-the-nation where you're combining two of those issues,” Bowling recalls.
Both bills have now been signed into law by Gov. Jim Pillen.