Fairness Survey Shows Shifting Attitudes In Kentucky

by Gabe Bullard on February 7, 2011

According to a new survey, most Kentuckians support protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.

The Fairness Coalition has released the results of the first survey on the topic in six years. (PDF of the results) The poll, which the coalition commissioned, shows majority support for protections from discrimination in housing and employment and the extension of hospital visitation rights to LGBT partners.

That support has increased since the last such survey. Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman says that may be related to the rise in responders who say they know LGBT individuals.

“As more people find that they have friends and family members that are LGBT, certainly their opinions will continue to morph into a more positive attitude,” he says.

Hartman says the study also shows a disconnect between public opinion and the law. Only Louisville, Lexington and Covington have fairness laws on the books. And Hartman says the campaign and the Fairness Coalition are pushing other cities and the General Assembly to pass similar legislation.

“We hope that they will both feed into each other, that the efforts on the statewide level will increase the efforts locally, and then as more local communities pass laws, the state legislature will eventually tip in favor,” he says.

Hartman says he thinks there’s still time in the current legislative session to pass anti-discrimination laws, but the push will continue into next year if necessary.

“We will begin sharing the survey results with lawmakers, as we do with everyone across the state this next week as we launch a paid advertising campaign advertising this survey’s findings,” he says.

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Katie Murphy ex cath family February 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Nothing is more important then gays coming out of the closet. When people discover that people they know and respect are gay, much of the hatred and poison they receive from the “anything but” chrisitan churches and the catholic church of the endless hidden molestation will disappear.

And why is the catholic church so adamant against gay people having legal rights as couples?

its a smokescreen to divert attention from their sex crimes they hid for decades if not centuries. They even moved offending priests to new locations where they were not known, so these vile people could continue their crimes.

No wonder the church is all but dead in w. Europe, and dying in Latin America. The endless molestation of children in Brazil, USA, Ireland (just put in civil unions btw), Switzerland, Austria, Germany (the popes brother implicated in the cover up. And so many other countries.

The same church that in 2009 UNexcommunciated a Bishop Williamson, who is a holocaust denier.

The same church that has yet to EXcommunciate the worst murderer in history. Who was born and baptised catholic in very catholic Austria in 1888.

Who told how he came to hate the Jews in his own book – Mein Kampf.

Go take a look at the website (not my own) to see more of the guilt of the catholic church. i urge all good catholics to do what my whole extended family has done – leave this church forever. it is beyond redemption

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