Human Rights Commission ordinance passes in Fairmont

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Voters in a West Virginia community have given final approval to a Human Rights Commission ordinance.

The Times West Virginian reports the issue passed Tuesday by 919 votes, with 3,384 supporting it and 2,465 opposing it.

Officials in Fairmont passed the ordinance that reinstated its Human Rights Commission last year after a near 30-year hiatus, but opponents gained enough signatures on a petition to force the City Council to reconsider its decision. Officials responded by sending the Human Rights Commission ordinance to a ballot vote.

The petition was organized by Keep Fairmont Safe, which opposed the ordinance’s addition of sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes.

Fairmont City manager Robin Gomez said the approval means “we won out against the hatred and the bigotry.”

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Information from: Times West Virginian, http://www.timeswv.com

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