Ordinance 7905 — which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression when leasing property and in other housing-related situations — was approved with 52.67 percent of the vote.
Ordinance 7906, — which provides equal rights for employment and business services to citizens despite their gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, sexual orientation, creed, military status, veteran status, marital status, physical characteristics, HIV status and genetic information — was approved with 51.65 percent of the vote.
A group of citizens opposed to LGBT non-discrimination protections successful petitioned to put the ordinances, originally passed by Bowling Green City Council, on the November ballot in a recall initiative.
ONE Bowling Green, the campaign to preserve the ordinances and LGBT equality, faced a tough battle.
Opponents to the legislation sent pamphlets to voters with incorrect and derogatory information:
Initial election night reports from the Toledo Blade indicated both Bowling Green LGBT non-discrimination ordinances 7905 and 7906 failed. Later reports indicated ordinance 7905 passed, but ordinance 7906 failed.
The vote was too close to call, as it was within approximately 100 votes. Absentee and provisional ballots were counted, revealing weeks later that both ordinances were approved by voters.