Voters in Springfield, Missouri today repealed protections for LGBT citizens which were added by the City Council to the city's non-discrimination ordinance last October, KY3 reports:
With all the votes tallied, about 51.4 percent of the voters on Tuesday said they wanted to repeal the City Council's action, while 48.6 percent wanted to retain it. The raw numbers are 15,347 people voted "yes" to repeal the anti-discrimination ordinance and 14,493 people voted "no" to keep it on the books.
For a brief time on Tuesday night, when about 60 percent of the precincts were counted, the "no repeal" votes had a slim lead over the "yes, repeal" votes. As more precincts were counted, however, the "yes" votes went back on top.
The "yes, repeal" supporters said the amendment means transgender women (men who feel like women or are transitioning to women) have permission to use restrooms of women and girls. They also said it would have violated the rights of conservative Christians who oppose the lifestyles of gay men and lesbian women, and don't want to serve them in their businesses.