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Maysville Becomes 10th Kentucky City with Fairness Ordinance

Maysville became the tenth Kentucky city to adopt a fairness ordinance, prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
 
Covington passed such an ordinance in 2003 and is the only Northern Kentucky city to do, though Park Hills has been considering a similar law in recent months.
 
Louisville, Lexington, Midway, Vicco, Morehead, Frankfort, Danville, and Paducah are the others.
 
Maysville, in Mason County, is the hometown of singer and actress Rosemary Clooney, and journalist Nick Clooney, father of actor George Clooney.
 
“We are pleased that Maysville has joined with other progressive cities around the Commonwealth by adopting a fairness ordinance,” Mayor David Cartmell said in a statement from the city. “I wish to commend the Human Rights Commission for the dedication and diligence in crafting this legislation.”
 
"Maysville is honored to join the other Kentucky cities which have recognized the importance and impact of an established fairness ordinance," said Maysville Human Rights Commission Chair Mike Thomas. "Our commissioners and citizens value the rights of all individuals who choose to live, work and visit here, providing a safe and welcoming environment for the present and the future."
 
"I am so happy to see our city take this step towards helping every resident and visitor feel safe, welcome, and respected. Just because we are a small town doesn't mean we are small minded," Maysville Human Rights Commissioner Ellen Cartmell said after passage of the ordinance. 
 
A statewide fairness law has been introduced in the General Assembly repeatedly for nearly twenty years but has received only two public hearings and no votes.
It will be introduced again during the 2019 session.

-Staff report