Voters in Bowling Green, Ohio decided on Tuesday to keep one gay protections ordinance, but reject a second.

The two measures, approved by city leaders in August 2009, were challenged by a citizen's group and put on the November 2 ballot.

An ordinance that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity (transgender protections) and HIV status – among other factors – in the area of housing won narrow approval by voters (50.15% to 49.85% with all precincts reporting).

But a second ordinance that covers public accommodations, education and employment was rejected by voters (50.71% to 49.29% with all precincts reporting.)

The group ONE Bowling Green, with the support of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, campaigned to keep the laws in place.

Campaign Director Kim Welter told Cleveland gay weekly The Gay People's Chronicle that she was uncertain of how the measures would fare because her group, which employed three additional people, could not afford to hire a professional poll taker.

The campaign to dump the ordinances was called BG Citizens Voting No To Special Rights' Discrimination and was helmed by three activists connected with the Tea Party movement and anti-gay Christian groups, the paper reported.

“We oppose the two ordinances because: they violate religious freedom, they pose a public health risk, they violate privacy rights of women and girls in restrooms, they lay the groundwork for homosexual marriage,” wrote Gary Thompson of the group.