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Bowling Green vote on nondiscrimination ordinances a 'victory for fairness'

Date: 
November 22, 2010

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"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, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 — With the final vote now officially tallied, voters in Bowling Green, Ohio, have passed two ordinances protecting people from discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and public education based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Last year, the city council added those categories to Bowling Green's Fair Housing Law with Ordinance 7905, and the Unlawful Discrimination Ordinance with Ordinance 7906. The majority of voters backed those ordinances, allowing LGBT people to be protected under the city’s nondiscrimination laws. According to the results released today, Ordinance 7905 passed 52.67 percent to 47.33 percent and Ordinance 7906 passed 51.65 percent to 48.35 percent.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force contributed to this victory through staff and financial support provided to One Bowling Green, the locally-driven, grassroots campaign that defended the nondiscrimination measures.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

"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. Bowling Green now joins more than 125 other cities nationwide that have enacted such nondiscrimination ordinances. In affirming fairness, voters also rejected a reprehensible campaign grounded in lies and fear-mongering. Congratulations to One Bowling Green and all the volunteers who ran a strong and successful campaign. Their leadership has led to a victory that creates a stronger and more welcoming city for everyone. We thank all those who stood for fairness in Bowling Green.”

Statement by Kim Welter, Campaign Manager
One Bowling Green

"Bowling Green stood for fairness and equality. Now Bowling Green residents will not have to live in fear of being fired from their jobs, denied housing, or discriminated against in public education and public accommodations simply for being who they are. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's training, expertise, financial contributions and full-time, on-the-ground staff were a critical part of our grassroots campaign."

More about the Task Force's work in Bowling Green

The Task Force has invested significantly in supporting its partner, One Bowling Green, to build a strong campaign, including:

  • Contributing $20,000 in cash.
  • Paying for a full-time consultant to serve as the campaign’s field director, and committing an additional full-time organizing fellow to work on the ground for the final two months.
  • Dedicating a full-time Task Force organizer for six months to serve as a senior consultant to the campaign. Sending an additional eight staff to work on the ground to ramp up get-out-the-vote efforts during the final two weeks.
  • Training local Bowling Green leaders in core skills such as fundraising, volunteer recruitment and voter identification necessary for building a successful campaign.
  • Providing ongoing expertise and advice around effective message development and dissemination for the campaign’s paid media program.

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The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, founded in 1974 as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., works to build the grassroots political power of the LGBT community to win complete equality. We do this through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBT ballot initiatives and legislation and pass pro-LGBT legislation and other measures. We also analyze and report on the positions of candidates for public office on issues of importance to the LGBT community. The Task Force Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation incorporated in New York. Contributions to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund are not tax deductible.