Non-discrimination Ordinance

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Following Tuesday’s repeal of Springfield’s non-discrimination law on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, close to 2,000 people have expressed interest in attending a rally to support the LGBT community.

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

Clarification on the much publicized Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) ballot measure was the goal of a Thursday evening forum in Springfield, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri.

Springfield City Attorney Dan Wichmer gave a presentation and answered questions from the audience on the provisions of ordinance number 6141. It was passed in October but then sent to the voters following a successful referendum petition.

Steve Fines / KSMU

A handful of business owners are voicing their support for repealing Springfield’s sexual orientation and gender identity ordinance.

Dick Hardy is founder and president of The Hardy Group and former member of the city’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Task Force. During a press conference Monday afternoon, Hardy presented four arguments supporting the repeal, and later reiterated those points during a phone interview with KSMU.