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By Jessica Carreras
While good news continues to come in nationally, bad news hit the city of Hamtramck tonight as the results for the human rights ordinance were released. According to city councilmember Scott Klein, 2,333 votes came in for the passage of the ordinance, while 2,903 came in against.
The measure would have protected against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in the areas of public services, employment and others.
“I think we’ve got a lot to be proud of,” Klein said. “We ran a high road campaign. We told the truth. We talked about diversity. We talked about human rights for everyone.”
The ordinance, which was passed into law by the Hamtramck City Council in June, was challenged by Ypsilanti resident Jay McNeeley, who was backed by Gary Glenn of the American Family Association. McNeeley was able to gather enough signatures to put the measure on the ballot.
Hamtramck United, the group that has been the driving force behind the ordinance, worked over the months leading up to today’s election to educate and sway voters.
“We’re pretty surprised,” said Hamtramck United communications director Greg Manore. “We want to continue the outreach. We will continue regardless of this outcome.”
The ordinance was backed by ACLU of Michigan, Michigan Equality, the Triangle Foundation, Hamtramck Mayor Karen Majewski and many others.
“It was because of the fear and hate…that this issue lost,” Klein said. “We’re not done. We’ll be back. We’ve got a good start and the Mayor and I are not deterred. We’re ready to go for the next round.