No Repeal

Claire Kidwell / KSMU

Events celebrating Pride Month are taking place this week in Springfield, culminating with Saturday’s Pridefest, to honor the LGBTQ+ community.

Philip Pullian, GLO board member and part of the Greater Ozarks Pridefest planning committee, states that events like these continue to move citizens towards greater acceptance.

“We hope to continue progress and a strong momentum forward and the only way that we can really keep promoting that progress is to make sure our voices are heard and our faces are seen.”

Steve Fines / KSMU

Nearly a thousand Springfield residents and concerned citizens participated in a demonstration Friday night in response to the successful repeal of the city’s sexual orientation and gender identity ordinance.

Amongst the chanting, preaching and frustration rested a twinge of hope as both sides discussed the future of LGBT residents’ protections.

Caleb Hearon, a Missouri State University student, helped organized the demonstration.

Steve Fines / KSMU

Over 400 people in favor of upholding Springfield’s expanded non-discrimination law gathered Tuesday in what turned out to be a narrow race, start to finish.

It was an emotional scene as the group learned they had come up short by less than 1,000 votes. 51.43 percent of voters said yes to repeal the ordinance. But spirits remained high for many shortly after the final votes were released.   

Crystal Clinkenbeard, a spokesperson for the No Repeal campaign and One Springfield, said its efforts were about more than just one night of voting.

Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

854 votes separated opponents and supporters of a Tuesday measure to repeal Springfield’s non-discrimination law expanding protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. In the end, 51.43 percent of voters said “yes” to repeal. KSMU’s Theresa Bettman was at the “Yes on Question 1” watch party when the final numbers were released.

A group of around 50 supporters inside the Lamplighter Inn and Suites conference room were brought to their feet as the final votes were displayed on a large screen.

Calvin Morrow is chairman for the Yes Campaign committee. 

Steve Fines / KSMU

The Yes on Question 1 committee kicked off its campaign Saturday morning in a quest to repeal the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) non-discrimination ordinance.

SOGI, also known as ordinance 6141, was amended by the Springfield City Council in October to expand discrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. But a successful referendum petition sent the measure to the voters.