The city of Springfield has rejected a proposal to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city's non-discrimination codes for fair housing and job protection.
The 3-2 vote by the Springfield Mayor's Commission on Human Rights ended months of debate.
The Springfield News Sun reports the two yes votes came from Mayor Warren Copeland and Commissioner Karen Duncan. Commissioners tabled the proposal in September while the city's volunteer Human Relations Board researched the issue.
As Black History month comes to a close, a new book about a 19th century African-American Daniel Rudd - a former slave who lived in Springfield, Ohio and helped change the face of the Catholic church.
"A Cry for Justice," follows the life of Daniel Rudd a young slave from Bardstown, Kentucky. He was freed after the Civil War and traveled to Springfield to work at a newspaper. His beliefs also led him to challenge the Catholic Church to deliver equality and justice for black people.