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Petitions to repeal anti-bias ordinance delivered

Published on -8/17/2012, 10:08 AM

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) -- Opponents of a new gay rights ordinance in Hutchinson delivered petitions seeking to have the measure repealed or put to a public vote.

Awaken Hutchinson and the Kansas Family Policy Council delivered a petition Thursday containing 1,364 signatures of people opposed to the ordinance. They needed 327 valid signatures for the petition to be certified.

The Hutchinson City Council approved an ordinance June 5 that prohibits people from being fired or evicted because they are gay, lesbian or bisexual.

After the signatures are certified, the city council will have 20 days to either repeal the measure or allow the public to vote within another 90 days.

The Hutchinson News reports (http://bit.ly/RmXi64 ) both opponents and proponents expect the council to put the issue on the November ballot.

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