The South Bend, Indiana, Common Council has voted to table the human rights ordinance that would have extended employment discrimination protection to its gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender citizens.
About 200 people packed the meeting room Monday night as council members heard more than two hours of public debate about the proposal.
Councilman Oliver Davis, one of the measure’s three sponsors, sought the continuance when it became clear he lacked the five votes needed for a majority on the nine-member council.
Former Gov. Joe Kernan, a former mayor of South Bend, told council members failure to adopt a gay rights bill, ordinance number 30-10, will hurt the city’s image.
“The failure to pass 30-10 sends the message that we as a community are intolerant and we are better than that,” Kernan said.