Springfield voters repeal protections for LGBT residents

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(SPRINGFIELD, Mo., AP) — Springfield voters have narrowly repealed an ordinance enacted last year to protect gays, lesbians and transgender residents from discrimination.

Unofficial returns from Tuesday’s election show the ordinance was repealed by a 51.4 percent to 48.6 percent margin.
The Springfield City Council last October added LGBT residents to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance to provide protection in jobs, housing and public accommodations. Opponents collected signatures to force the council to repeal the ordinance or put it to a vote. The council chose to put it on the ballot.
The Springfield News-Leader reports (http://sgfnow.co/1FfKp6h) nearly 24 percent of registered voters in Greene County went to the polls on Tuesday, the highest turnout in decades for a Greene County election in April.
Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com