After three years of debating the issue, the Berea City Council has voted down a proposed fairness ordinance. The measure failed Tuesday night by a vote of 3 to 5.
The measure sought to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations.
The meeting room and an overflow area in a garage next door were both crowded with people with opposing viewpoints. Berea native Betty Rowlett was pleased with the vote.
"Well, I just don't think we need it in Berea. I think everybody is treated equally in my opinion. I've lived here all my life and I've never known anything to happen," said Rowlett.