Morehead Becomes Sixth Kentucky City to Extend Protections to Gays
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 20:44 RCN Newsdesk
Morehead is now the sixth city in Kentucky to approve an anti-discrimination fairness ordinance, extending protections in employment, housing, and public accommodations to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
Covington passed its similar human rights ordinance in 2003, following Louisville and Lexington which passed theirs in 1999. The tiny Appalachian town of Vicco became what is believed to be the smallest city in America to pass such an ordinance when it did so in 2013. Frankfort joined the list in August.ived sexual orientation and gender identity.
That means half of Kentucky's cities with so-called fairness ordinances passed them in 2013.
Begun in September by members of the Rowan County Chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, the grassroots movement to pass a Fairness law in Morehead received unanimous civic support from its introduction, a reflection of current polling which shows 83% of all registered Kentucky voters support simple anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people. Similar grassroots movements span nearly a dozen other Kentucky cities, including Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Owensboro, Shelbyville, and Berea, where the city council has appointed a task force to draft a local Fairness law.
The Fairness Coalition, in a news release, notes, "Despite tremendous municipal progress across the commonwealth, Kentucky's General Assembly has yet to hold a hearing on a statewide Fairness law, which has been introduced for more than fifteen years. Coalition leaders are hopeful Morehead and other cities' movements will inspire a debate on Rep. Mary Lou Marzian's (D-Louisville) statewide Fairness bill in the House Judiciary Committee in 2014. More than 25 percent of Kentucky residents now live in a city with LGBT Fairness."