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Dayton Poised to Be 12th Kentucky City with Fairness Ordinance


Dayton could become the twelfth city in Kentucky to adopt what is touted as a "fairness ordinance", extending protections to LGBT citizens.

Mayor Ben Baker presented the ordinance for a first reading at Tuesday night's city council meeting.

“Dayton is a very welcoming place,” Baker said. “We care about everybody. There’s no reason that this will not be enacted.”

The ordinance declares it unlawful to treat a person differently based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, age, sexual orientation “in regards to public accommodations, housing, financial services, real estate and employment.”

A second reading will be necessary before adoption.

City Attorney Tom Edge, who drafted the ordinance, said if passed, Dayton will be the 12th city in Kentucky to enact the law. Covington is the only other Northern Kentucky city that has such an ordinance in place.

Last month it was announced that a City of Covington official would urge other neighboring cities to adopt a similar policy. Covington's was adopted in 2003.

“We are considering this ordinance because it’s the right thing to do,” Baker said.

Other cities with such an ordinance are Louisville, Lexington, Vicco, Frankfort, Morehead, Danville, Midway, Paducah, and Maysville. Henderson became the eleventh city with an ordinance last week. The western Kentucky city had previously been the third to adopt such legislation, following Louisville and Lexington in 1999, but it was later repealed by a new city commission.

Written by Melissa Reinert, RCN contributor (Michael Monks contributed to this report)