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  Efforts are underway to make Elizabethtown the ninth Kentucky city with a fairness ordinance.


The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights’ director says protecting against sexual orientation discrimination is the next step in the civil rights campaign.  John J. Johnson says the commission has been focused in recent years on extending fairness ordinances in local communities throughout the commonwealth.

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A failed vote on a fairness ordinance in Berea this week isn’t the first time such an ordinance has failed.

Murray Human Rights Commission Chair Jody Cofer Randall said despite a Henderson ordinance’s passage in 1999 the City Commission rescinded it within 18 months after community outcry.

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After three years of debating the issue, the Berea City Council has voted down a proposed fairness ordinance.   The measure failed Tuesday night by a vote of 3 to 5.

The measure sought to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. 

The meeting room and an overflow area in a garage next door were both crowded with people with opposing viewpoints.  Berea native Betty Rowlett was pleased with the vote. 

"Well, I just don't think we need it in Berea.  I think everybody is treated equally in my opinion.  I've lived here all my life and I've never known anything to happen," said Rowlett.


Kentucky’s capital city has become the fifth in the state to pass a fairness ordinance, protecting individuals from discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment based on sexual orientation.

Thursday morning's vote by Frankfort’s Board of Commissioners was split 3-2, but some say there was never a question of whether it would pass.