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Thursday repealed a gay-inclusive domestic partnership registry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
“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ordinance was repealed tonight, but I want every city employee to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.”