It was a nail-biter in Springfield tonight but in the end the good guys lost.
The vote was close but Springfield voters on Tuesday rejected an anti-discrimination ordinance meant to protect gay men, lesbian women, and transgender people. The Springfield City Council added those protections to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance last October. The amendment aimed to provide protection from discrimination for gay, lesbian and transgender people in the areas of jobs, housing, and public accommodations. Those are the same protections guaranteed in the ordinance to women and people of color in Springfield. Opponents of the protections for gay, lesbian and transgender people collected petition signatures to force the City Council to either repeal the anti-discrimination amendment or to put it before voters. The City Council chose to put it on the ballot.
As always, hate groups will be doing cartwheels tomorrow.