fairness

Mary Meehan

The city of Georgetown became the latest Kentucky community to approve a fairness ordinance last night.  The ordinance protects citizens from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

During a marathon council meeting Monday night, council members heard lengthy public comment including chapter and verse biblical references cited by both supporters and opponents of the ordinance under consideration.

 

About 50 people filled the council chamber and lined the hallways outside watching the proceedings on monitors as Georgetown considered the first reading of a fairness ordinance.

Over two hours, about two dozen people took turns at the podium to express their opinions about the ordinance that Mayor Tom Prather explained is aimed to eliminate housing and employment discrimination for the LGBTQ community. 

There was no middle ground among the speakers.

Dozens of Paducah residents showed support Tuesday night at a city commission meeting for an inaugural LGBTQ festival planned for August. Supporters of the West Kentucky Pride Festival came to the meeting following rumored controversy that critics would petition the city to move the festival indoors.

The festival is planned to take place outside at the downtown riverfront.

courtesy Lindsey Deaton

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Ordinance Amendment Protecting Religious Liberty

May 29, 2019
PaducahKyGov.Youtube

The Paducah City Commission approved an amendment Tuesday night revising the city’s ‘fairness ordinance’ to protect religious liberty.

Henderson Considering Fairness Ordinance

Mar 29, 2019

Henderson could become the next Kentucky city to enact a so-called fairness ordinance that would grant civil rights protections for the LGBTQ community.

The measure would ban discrimination in housing, employment and public accodmodations. 

Mayor Steve Austin says Henderson had a fairness ordinance about 15 years ago but it was later repealed. 

He says the controversy split the city and doesn’t want to see that happen again. Austin adds that he hasn’t seen evidence of the city needing those protections for LGBTQ members.

John Hingsbergen

A crowd of about a hundred gathered in Berea Monday to show support for a lesbian couple targeted by vandals.  Organizers also used the event to draw attention to the need for a fairness ordinance in the Madison County community.   


Religious Leaders Plan Weekly Frankfort Visits

Jan 4, 2017
Stu Johnson

 

Religious leaders from a number of Christian faiths gathered in Kentucky's capitol rotunda Tuesday.  They're planning weekly visits to Frankfort to spotlight issues and pray.

 

Fairness Bill Gets Hearing in Ky. House Committee

Mar 5, 2014
insiderlouisville.com

Kentucky's House Judiciary Committee heard testimony Wednesday on a proposed statewide Fairness Bill.  The legislation, sponsored by Louisville Representative Mary Lou Marzian, would prohibit discrimination in employment, housing or public accommodations based on sexual orientation.