Gainesville Voters Turn Down Attempt to Change Law

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Voters have turned down a measure that
would have stripped Gainesville's anti-discrimination protections
for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents.

With 100 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday, the vote was 11,717 or 58 percent against changing the law.

A group, Citizens for Good Public Policy, had sought to replace the city's protections with the Florida Civil Rights Act, which does not include anti-discrimination laws to sexual preference or gender identity.

The winning group, Equality is Gainesville's Business, says the allegations played on the public's fears and the changes were merely an attempt to remove protections from Gainesville citizens.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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