The Kalamazoo City Council knuckles under.
When Kalamazoo, Michigan had passed an ordinance that prohibits discrimination in employment, housing or access to public resources on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, the American Family Association and others led a successful petition drive to put the ordinance on the ballot. On Monday, the City Council voted to repeal it, in order to retool it.
Judging from the response and Fundies' demands that whatever new ordinance replacing it automatically be put on the ballot, one has to wonder what compromise will need to be made to make the new bill acceptable to opponents. A special exemption for churches, religious institutions, religious business owners and religious people to ignore the "special right" for GLBT people to be treated as equals perhaps? Or dropping the T, as it's largely the spectre of the statistically unprovable transgender boogeyman in womens' washrooms and showers that terrified people into a frenzy? Do they really think that one or both will be enough to appease the anti-GLBT campaigns?
Meanwhile, the fearmongering continues in Gainesville.
P.S. The above frustration and perhaps exaggeration is likely a product of reading news feeds in the morning and being drubbed by the constant losses and Fundie rants. Let's hope Kalamazoo City Council instead holds to their principles.