Gainesville Transgender Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Referendum (2009)

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A Gainesville Transgender Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Referendum, on the ballot as Amendment 1, was on the March 24, 2009 ballot in Alachua County for voters in the City of Gainesville. It was a veto referendum to overturn a gender identity provision added in 2008 to Gainesville's anti-discrimination ordinance. It was defeated, meaning that the 2008 law will stay in effect.[1]

If it had been approved, it would have overturned the gender identity provision of the 2008 law. The repeal measure would also have prevented the city commission from adding protections beyond what Florida anti-discrimination state statutes require: race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability and marital status.

The newly-upheld ordinance allowed the city's roughly 100 transgender residents to use whichever restroom they are most comfortable using.[2]

The Gainesville city commission approved the restroom provision by a 4-3 vote in the spring of 2008.

Election results

Gainesville Transgender Referendum 2009
Votes Percentage
Yes 8,375 41.6%
NO 10px-600px-Red x.png 11,717 58.4%
Total votes 20,092 100%

Election results: Associated Press.[3]

Supporters of repeal

The group supporting the repeal was called "Citizens for Good Public Policy." They collected more than 6,000 signatures in the summer of 2008 to put the question on the ballot.[4]

Citizens for Good Public Policy, launched a campaign to put an amendment on the ballot that would repeal not only the city rights for transgender people but also rights for gay, lesbian and bisexual people who had been protected in the city since 1998.

Opponents of repeal

Opponents of the repeal included:

  • The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, which says that 108 cities and counties nationwide have similar transgender protections.
  • A group called "Equality is Gainesville's Business."

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