LINCOLN, Neb. – Last week, about 100 supporters of a bill banning job discrimination based on sexual orientation gathered around a podium in the capitol rotunda, with several sporting yellow “LOVE” T-shirts.

After a Lincoln senator, mayor, councilman and minister spoke in favor of the bill, a preppy, 24-year-old law student stepped up to the microphone, and said he was Taylor Brooks — “a gay Nebraskan through and through.”

After law school, he’ll be entering the work force in 1.5 years, he said, and “I want to go to work and be judged on the work I do.”