Oh city of Fayetteville. I just don't understand you.
The city that the Husbear and I got married in this May, a city less than 30 miles from us, has just repealed a civil rights ordinance that would help protect LGBT citizens. The ordinance would have prohibited local businesses and entities from discriminating against employees and customers based on gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and other factors. The City Council of Fayetteville passed the ordinance in August, but several groups opposed it and gathered enough signatures to force a special election today.
Those in favor of repeal got 52% of the vote with 7,523 ballots cast. Those in favor of keeping the ordinance got 48% of the vote with 7,040 ballots cast. I'm disappointed that so few people voted--only about 29% of the registered voters of Fayetteville. Had this not been a special election, I am inclined to think the repeal would not have happened as more people would have, in theory, voted. Even with the small turnout, I am surprised at how close the vote was.
But with backers like many of the churches in the area (politics from the pulpit, what?!) and the Duggar family, I can honestly say I'm not surprised at all that the repeal happened.
I guess I'll no longer be spending my money in Fayetteville.
Until next time...