Fairness Ordinance Supporters To Rally In Berea

by Rick Howlett on September 19, 2011

Thanks to Josh James, Kentucky Public Radio
Months of debate at Berea City Council meetings and forums haven’t moved the issue of a fairness ordinance any closer to being resolved.

Since May, the eastern Kentucky city has been considering extending its anti-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Right now, the Berea council is weighing the creation of a human rights commission, but the proposal lacks the anti-discrimination protections in question and hasn’t been voted on since July.

Jason Howard with Bereans for Fairness says his group plans to rally ahead of tomorrow’s council meeting and send a message to the lawmakers.

“We’re still here. We’re not going away. We’re committed to seeing action,” he said.

Opponents of a fairness ordinance say the extra protections aren’t necessary.

Berea would be the fourth city in Kentucky to pass a fairness ordinance, after Louisville, Lexington, and Covington.

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