CHATTANOOGA: Voters Repeal Domestic Partners Ordinance In “Landslide” Result

Via Chattanooga television:

The Domestic Partnership ordinance loses in Chattanooga. With 100% of the vote reported: Against the Ordinance – 13685, For the Ordinance – 8184. Last year the Chattanooga City Council voted to allow the partners of city employees in domestic partnerships to get equal benefits. But the measure was forced to a public vote, and it appears the public disagrees with the 5-4 council vote. The measure would have provided health benefits to the same-sex partners of city employees. Following the vote Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said, “I have no doubt Chattanoogans value fairness and equality, and I am proud of the volunteers who spent nights and weekends to ensure our employees are treated equally. The City of Chattanooga’s non-discrimination ordinance was repealed tonight, but I want every City employee to know one thing — your work is valued and you are important to the future of our community. Regardless of the results tonight, my Administration will continue to hire and promote the best people who provide excellent service to our constituents.”

Chattanooga Tea Party President Mark West (seen above): “What we want them to take away from this is that the people have spoken.”

The Human Rights Campaign reacts via press release:

“Despite this hurtful and disappointing result tonight, we know that fair-minded Chattanoogans and people across Tennessee are ready to keep fighting until full equality reaches every corner of the state and every corner of this country. As LGBT equality moves forward across this country, this work isn’t over until every American can expect the same decent treatment under the law.”