Yesterday the voters of Gainesville, Florida refused to repeal that city’s LGBT discrimination protections. From Equality Florida:
Equality Florida joins with local leaders in Gainesville and fair-minded people across the state and nation in celebrating today’s decisive victory over discrimination and fear embodied in Gainesville Charter Amendment 1. Voters rejected the amendment by a vote of 58% to 42%. If passed, Charter Amendment 1 would have repealed existing civil rights protections for Gainesville’s gay and transgender community. For over a year, backers of the amendment have waged a fear-based campaign filled with outright lies and media campaigns that dehumanized gay and transgender people. Specifically, these extremists drew a target on the backs of transgender people with bigoted messages intended to instill fear in the hearts of Gainesville citizens.