The city of Springfield has rejected a proposal to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city's non-discrimination codes for fair housing and job protection.
The 3-2 vote by the Springfield Mayor's Commission on Human Rights ended months of debate.
The Springfield News Sun reports the two yes votes came from Mayor Warren Copeland and Commissioner Karen Duncan. Commissioners tabled the proposal in September while the city's volunteer Human Relations Board researched the issue.
Last night’s vote was taken before a City Hall crowd so large that some people were not allowed inside. Opponents and supporters of the measure both agree the debate will continue going forward.