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Voters in Michigan City Give Strong OK to Gay Rights

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Residents in a small city in northern Michigan have voted decisively in favor of retaining an ordinance that protects gay rights.

With all precincts reporting Tuesday, there were 2,818 votes in favor of the law and 1,661 opposed. That’s a margin of 63 percent to 37 percent.

The law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in the city of about 15,000.  The decision to keep the law shows how far gay rights have come in communities all across the nation.

Last year, the Traverse City Commission approved the measure to prevent discrimination against gays in employment, housing and other areas.

Opponents of the law collected signatures to require a referendum.

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