Lincoln, Nebraska -- While dozens of people testified for or against a proposed ordinance that would extend anti-bias protections to gay and transgender people in Lincoln, one woman's particularly strange statement is making waves online.
The speakers shared their views on the so-called "fairness amendment" Monday at a public hearing before the City Council. The measure would protect gay and transgender people from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations in the state's capital city.
The Rev. Nancy Erickson of First-Plymouth Congregational Church says lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are forced to live double lives because their livelihoods depend "upon them keeping a secret."
But Dave Gehrls, speaking for an Omaha-based ministry, said the measure discriminates against people of faith "who cannot live their faith in their businesses."
The local debate got national attention, however, due to the testimony of one person's comments. Video of the remarks have gone viral online.
A woman who identified herself as Jane Skrovata took the microphone at one point and for five minutes read non-stop from a rambling statement that often went off on strange tangents.
Objecting to the proposed ordinance, Skrovata gave numerous reasons that often made little, if any, sense:
- "P-E-N-I-S goes into the anus to rupture intestines. The more a man does this the more he'll be a fatality or a homicider."
- "Candida fungus grows hugely on a corpse. AIDS is a candida fungus disease."
- "Hillary Clinton's roommate four years in college was a gay woman. To avoid going gay like Clinton did, college students need single rooms and single gender dorms... A college woman is seduced with illegal Rohypnol to go gay."
- "Gays can transform to be celibate to live to be 80 years old."
Click on the video below to watch her full statement. Also be sure to check out the reactions from the people sitting in the audience behind her.
The council is scheduled to vote on the measure next week.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.