The Kentucky Fairness Coalition launched a television and web ad campaign Wednesday aimed at raising awareness over the state’s lack of anti-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender citizens.
The 30-second spot features residents highlighting a survey that shows 83 percent of registered voters support of civil rights protections for LGBT individuals in housing and employment. Gay rights leaders have argued the poll demonstrates the gulf between public opinion and state law.
In Kentucky, only three cities have so-called Fairness laws barring discrimination and the group says man people may still be fired from their jobs, denied housing or kicked out of private businesses based on their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
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The commercial will air initially in central Kentucky, including Richmond and Berea, where there is a continued fight in passing local Fairness legislation. The ads will then move into western and eastern parts of the commonwealth in the Hopkinsville, Hazard and Whitesburg area.