Voters in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Thursday repealed a gay-inclusive domestic partnership registry narrowly approved by city leaders last year.

According to News Channel 9, the ordinance lost with 13,685 votes against the measure and 8,184 votes for it.

The Chattanooga City Council approved the registry with a narrow 5-4 vote. It extended health benefits to the partners of city employees in a domestic partnership, regardless of sexual orientation.

Mayor Andy Berke said in a statement following the vote that his administration remained committed to equality.

“I have no doubt Chattanoogans value fairness and equality, and I am proud of the volunteers who spent nights and weekends to ensure our employees are treated equally,” Berke said. “The City of Chattanooga’s non-discrimination ordinance was repealed tonight, but I want every city employee to know one thing – your work is valued and you are important to the future of our community. Regardless of the results tonight, my Administration will continue to hire and promote the best people who provide excellent service to our constituents.”