Chattanoogans Launch Referendum Campaign

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Updated: 4/17 6:56 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) - Rosalyn Hickman, a Chattanooga resident and organizer of a local non-profit, says, "It's time we come out of the building and take God's message to the streets."

Hickman is against the ordinance that could extend taxpayer funded health benefits to girlfriends or boyfriends of city employees.

ChattanoogaCouncilman Larry Grohn, says, "I don't see how its possible for leaders to pander to a special interest group while at the same time cutting benefit to others."

Councilman Grohn did not vote for the domestic partner ordinance last year, but he was in the minority and it passed.

Since then, Chattanoogans started a petition drive and collected more than 7,700 signatures.

As a result, the ordinance will be voted on by the public.

Mark West, President of Citizens for Government Accountability and Transparency, adds, "To achieve a final victory in this effort, it will require Chattanooga voters to express their opposition at the polls on August 7th."

That's why Citizens for Government Accountability and Transparency launched the Referendum Campaign.

They got the signatures, but now they want to make sure they win.

Patrick Hampton, a local youth pastor, adds, "This partnership ordinance has done something that nothing else in Chattanooga has been able to do. It has brought black people, white people, democrats, republicans, Christians, Jews, and even Muslims together at the table to oppose this ordinance."

This effort is unprecedented here in Chattanooga, regardless of where you stand on the issue.

Again, you can vote on the domestic partner ordinance August 7th.
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