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The head of the Fairness Campaign says the the sentence is too light for a former Rutgers University student convicted of bias intimidation against his gay roommate.

Dharun Ravi used a webcam to spy on Tyler Clementi’s romantic encounter with another man. Clementi committed suicide days later, fueling a national debate over the effects of bullying.

Ravi was facing up to ten years in prison. He will serve 30 days, followed by three years of probation. Fairness groups across the country have weighed in on the sentence, with many saying it wasn’t enough.

“He was going to humiliate Tyler Clementi to such a degree that to pick up the pieces of his life would have been incredibly difficult. And the reality for Tyler Clementi is it was so difficult there was no way out except taking himself out of the world. Thirty days for that is not equal. It’s not justice,” says Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman. [click to continue…]

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Berea Mayor’s Opposition Won’t Stop Push for Fairness Law

by Gabe Bullard August 10, 2011

The head of the Louisville Fairness Campaign says the Mayor of Berea’s opposition to a fairness ordinance in that city won’t stop the efforts to expand protections in Kentucky. The Fairness Campaign is trying to get small cities to pass laws blocking discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Director Chris Hartman says that […]

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Berea Delays Making Decision on Fairness Ordinance

by Chris McDaniel June 22, 2011

On Tuesday night, the Berea City Council announced it will take longer than expected to come to a decision about the possibility of a city fairness ordinance.  The council has held public forums on the ordinance, which would prohibit discrimination in the workplace and housing market due to sexual orientation and gender identity. “It’s a […]

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Pride Festival Celebrates Victories, but Challenges Remain

by Chris McDaniel June 20, 2011

Chris Hartman is standing on a rainbow float being pulled by a white Chevy Tahoe. Pulling the megaphone up to his mouth, he yells to the thousands gathered for the Kentuckiana Pride Parade. “Friends, give it up for elected officials who voted for Fairness!” yelled Hartman, standing next to those who voted for anti-discrimination legislation […]

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Berea Could Become the Fourth Kentucky City With a Fairness Ordinance

by Chris McDaniel June 13, 2011

On Tuesday night, the Berea City Council will hold the second and final public hearing on an ordinance that would protect gay and transgender individuals from discrimination in housing and employment.  After the forum, the council will decide whether or not they will take a vote on the ordinance. The Fairness Campaign has been working […]

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Fairness Campaign Director Says Advocacy Should Continue in Cities and States, Despite Federal Advances

by Gabe Bullard March 31, 2011

Despite any progress on the federal level, Hartman says advocates should continue to support fairness laws on the city and state levels. The Fairness Campaign supports a repeal of Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage. The campaign is also working with city lawmakers in Berea and Richmond to pass fairness ordinances akin to Louisville’s.

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

by Gabe Bullard 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.

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