South Bend, Indiana lawmakers decided Monday to table indefinitely a proposed ordinance that sought to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the Chicago Tribune reported.

About 200 people packed a city council meeting room to hear two hours of public debate on the measure.

Opponents of the bill were led by Patrick Mangan, executive director of Citizens for Community Values (CCV). The CCV created, a website opposed to gay rights. The group claims it's “Lovingly opposing the homosexual agenda.”

At the site, members are asked to sign a petition in opposition to gay marriage, civil unions for gay couples, hate crimes legislation, sensitivity training for public sector and government workers, and adding gay-inclusive policies to corporate, municipal or philanthropic anti-discrimination statements.

Mangan, wearing a red sticker that read “Special Status (equals) Special Rights,” argued that the proposal was an attack on the rights of employers and said the protections were unnecessary.

“They have not been treated intolerantly,” Mangan told city leaders. “In fact, they have been treated tolerantly, even when a majority of society disagrees with their lifestyle.”

Supporters argued that the ordinance would help improve the city's image.

Councilman Oliver Davis, one of the measure's three sponsors, asked for the proposal to be tabled after it became clear that it would not be approved.