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Ahead of Petition Signature Verification, Supporters of Non-Discrimination Ordinance to Meet

One Springfield

As opponents of Springfield’s revised non-discrimination ordinance await the results of a referendum petition that could lead to a repeal of the law, a new group favoring passage of the bill looks to rally support.The group, called One Springfield, meets tonight at 6 at The Old Glass Place at 521 East St. Louis St.

On October 13, City Council voted 6-3 to expand protections to the LGBT community with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations. But last week, opponents presented more than 2,500 signatures in an effort to put the decision before a public vote. The city clerk is now in the process of verifying the signatures, of which just 1,144 are needed to send the bill back to the council. Officials can then either repeal or place on the ballot.

Should the bill go before voters, One Springfield says it will work to retain the non-discrimination ordinance for LGBT Springfield residents.

The group, which launched Thursday, had just under 1,900 likes on its Facebook page as of Monday afternoon.

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