Gainesville voters say no to Amend. 1

A jubilant cry erupted from Brophy's Irish Pub as City Commissioner Craig Lowe announced the defeat of an amendment that would have terminated the city's anti-discrimination laws.

"I love this town," Lowe cried as he stepped up on a stool to thank hundreds of supporters in the bar. "Today we showed what we are really made of. This has been an experience that none of us has asked for, but we have established that in Gainesville every person matters."

Lowe was referring to the approximately 58 percent of city voters who said no Tuesday to Amendment 1 — a ballot initiative that would have made Gainesville's anti-discrimination ordinance the same as Florida's Civil Rights Act.

Those voting no on Tuesday represents 11,717 voters, compared to the 42 percent who voted for the amendment, or 8,375 votes.

It's been a divisive year and a half for Lowe, who in January 2008 paved the way for the city to enact anti-discrimination protections for transgender individuals.


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