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Government
4:43 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Two Stories of Failed Kentucky Fairness Ordinances, But One Town Works to Update Its Own

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Rights Commission Chair Jody Cofer Randall said despite a Henderson ordinance’s passage in 1999 the City Commission rescinded it within 18 months after community outcry.

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Government
8:15 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Berea City Council Votes Against Fairness Ordinance

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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.

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Society
11:36 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Frankfort Becomes Fifth Kentucky City To Pass 'Fairness Ordinance'

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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.

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