Two gay protections laws approved by lawmakers have been upheld by voters in Bowling Green, Ohio, the Toledo Blade reported.

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

One ordinance bans discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity (transgender protections) and HIV status – among other factors – in the area of housing, while a second law covers public accommodations, education and employment.

Election night returns from the vote suggested that only the housing ordinance would survive, but after provisional ballots were counted both measures were narrowly approved.

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

“This marks an important victory for Bowling Green, where voters have affirmed that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are part of the fundamental social fabric of the city,” Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, said in a statement.

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-based groups.

“The battle for the sanctity of one man, one woman marriage in communities like ours starts with issues like these,” Marry Vollmar of the group said.