Missouri gay rights advocates hopeful after ordinance defeat
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - Gay rights advocates in Springfield are considering their next steps after the repeal of an anti-discrimination ordinance that provided protection in jobs, housing and public accommodations.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that activists will continue working to pass statewide nondiscrimination protections. Unofficial returns from Tuesday's election show the ordinance was repealed by a 51.4 percent to 48.6 percent margin.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. Opponents collected signatures resulting in the ordinance going to a public vote.
The statewide Missouri Nondiscrimination Act will be heard by the House Criminal Proceedings Committee next week.
An event called #AllSpringfieldians: LGBT Support Demonstration organized through Facebook has been scheduled for Friday. More than 1,000 people have indicated on Facebook that they will attend the demonstration.