Human Rights Commission ordinance passes in Fairmont

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FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) - Fairmont voters have given final approval to a Human Rights Commission ordinance.

The issue passed Tuesday by 919 votes, with 3,384 supporting it and 2,465 opposing it.

Fairmont officials adopted the an ordinance reinstating its Human Rights Commission last year after a near 30-year hiatus.

However, opponents gained enough signatures on a petition resulted in the issued being placed on the General Election ballot.

The petition was organized by Keep Fairmont Safe, which opposed the ordinance's addition of sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes.

Fairmont City Manager Robin Gomez said the approval means "we won out against the hatred and the bigotry."

Information from: Times West Virginian, http://www.timeswv.com

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