After three years of debating the issue, the Berea City Council has voted down a proposed fairness ordinance. The measure failed Tuesday night, with five members voting against, and three voting in favor.
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.