The City Council early Tuesday rejected a federal court-ordered housing desegregation plan, despite the imposition of potentially bankrupting escalating fines issued after it voted the same way two weeks ago.

Opponents of the plan far outnumbered supporters at the meeting, which began Monday night and ran past midnight to allow all 80 people who signed up to speak five minutes each.On Wednesday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on contempt against the city issued two weeks ago by U.S. District Judge Leonard Sand.

On Aug. 1, the Council voted 4-3 to reject the affordable housing plan that would integrate the state's fourth-largest city. The plan was in accordance with a federal court order, which calls for 200 units of low-income housing and 800 units of moderate-income housing.