Fairness Campaign Director Hopes For “Domino Effect” After DADT Repeal

by Gabe Bullard on December 22, 2010

Members of the Kentucky General Assembly are preparing for the 2011 session. And the head of Louisville’s Fairness Campaign hopes the legislature will take a cue from the U.S. Congress on one issue.

Chris Hartman is hoping the repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy will cause a domino effect that leads to more legislation protecting gay and lesbian rights.¬†For instance, Hartman would like to see a law passed in Kentucky that bars employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation.

“2011 is a new year in the state legislature and they will have a statewide anti-discrimination fairness law before them again and I hope that they’ll consider it again this year,” he says.

The national repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” took several months, and implementation will take several more. Hartman says the push for more fairness legislation on the local level will be difficult.

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David Smith December 22, 2010 at 8:58 pm

As a gay veteran, I am pleased to finally see the end to DADT. Looking back, I do remember the stress of thnking about being kicked out or receiving a dishonorable discharge. During my entire five year term I kept my true feelings hidden deep within. I would not have told anyone I was gay anyway because that is my private, sexual life but it would have been nice to do what I wanted while not on duty.The bottom line is that discrimination in the workplace should never be allowed.

It is disgraceful that Kentucky does not have some law against workplace discrimination. I thought a law against discrimination in employment and housing already existed statewide but I was informed this type of legislation only covers the Louisville and Lexington areas. It would be in the best interest of the state to start thinking and acting more progressively in order to attract more business to the state. To help our economy and be a more inclusive soceity, Kentucky desperately needs more legislation to protect gay rights.

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