Voters in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Tuesday repealed the city's LGBT-inclusive Civil Rights Ordinance.

Of the 14,563 ballots cast in the special election, 52 percent favored repeal, while 48 percent favored keeping the ordinance. Only 29 percent of registered voters participated.

The Fayetteville City Council approved the ordinance in August. Opponents organized to put the ordinance up for a popular vote.

The ordinance prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic background, marital status and veteran status in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations.

Anne-Garland Berry worked to keep the ordinance as campaign manager for Keep Fayetteville Fair.

“I think [the loss] means that we have a lot of work to do,” she told 5 News Online. “We haven't had the conversations we needed to have. We haven't persuaded the people we needed to persuade. So my goal for our team and those of us here and in other parts of Arkansas and in other parts of the south and in this country is [that] we should have more conversations.”