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Citizens seeking to put a controversial Springfield ordinance to a public vote are continuing circulation of a petition, a week after the city council amended its non-discrimination law. KSMU’s Bailey Wiles has the latest.

Shortly after Springfield City Council approved the stronger of two proposed amendments enhancing protections for LGBT persons, Dicky Hardy set out to repeal it.

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A bill adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the City of Springfield’s non-discrimination ordinance goes before City Council on Monday.

The scheduled first reading of the bill comes more than two years after council tabled the controversial item and later formed the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Task Force. After months of review, the task force released its recommendations in November 2013.  

The lengthy consideration over how to revise the City of Springfield’s non-discrimination law returns to the forefront when the bill again comes up for debate in the coming months. And there could be more push at the state level to prohibit discrimination based upon a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity.