Flyer Divides Kentucky City Over Fairness Ordinance
Kentucky now has six cities that extend legal protections to their gay citizens: Covington, Louisville, Lexington, Frankfort, Vicco, and most recently, Morehead.
While Fairness Ordinances are being debated in other cities around the Commonwealth, the issue has become particularly divisive in Danville.
A church in the city took an aggressive position against the proposed legislation by including an insert in its Sunday bulletin, listing fifteen reasons why Danville should not adopt the ordinance. One reason, according to the church, is that there are no fairness ordinances for liars, drunkards, and thieves.
(Cornerstone Assembly of God Pastor Tom) Lane contends that a fairness ordinance has potential consequences that are detrimental for the city of Danville. Lane believes this is all part of a bigger, national agenda for gay rights.
“The state rejected this. That’s why they’ve gone city by city. This agenda is being pushed from outside of Danville,” Lane said. “We’re taught to love everybody, but that’s not what this is about. This is a nationwide agenda of the extreme gay rights agenda, trying to pave the way for gay marriage and other things like that.”
Hundreds attended the most recent city commission meeting in Danville. More from The Advocate-Messenger:
The meeting ended with a decision to hold future workshops to further explore the (issue).
Following the workshop, residents filled the public meeting room and an overflow room in the basement to have their voices heard during the city’s regular meeting. As each speaker took to the podium and spoke, "amen" and other sounds of affirmation could be heard from the crowd, many of whom also applauded loudly.
Eighteen people, including the self-proclaimed “chaplain to the Kentucky state government” Dr. Lee Watts and Rep. Mike Harmon, spoke before the commission to offer their views on the issue. Of the eighteen, only Centre College Professor Daniel Kirchner spoke in favor of a fairness ordinance.
WLEX picked up on the story and how the church's flyer is spreading across social media:
But some people say a flyer making its way across Central Kentucky and social media, has gone too far. It describes the ordinance as a sin opposing Christian-Bible values, and passing it would promote and protect the quote, "perverted lifestyle" of homosexual, bisexual and transgendered people.
"The more I read the more angry I got," says Danville resident Michael Tharp, "because it shouldn't be a disclaimer that you are gay to have the same rights as anybody else, you should be born with those rights."
Meanwhile, as Danville considers a possible fairness ordinance, a federal judge is weighing a challenge to Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage:
Two cases brought to force the state to recognize same sex marriages have been fully briefed and submitted to U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II. Among the filings were decisions by federal judges in Oklahoma and Utah striking down laws in those states.
Heyburn isn’t bound by decisions in other federal districts. Attorneys for the two couples suing are hoping those rulings will come into play.
For a larger view of the flyer attached to this post, click here.