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Berea City Council Approves Creation Of Human Rights Panel

by Rick Howlett on September 20, 2011

The Berea City Council has adopted an ordinance that will create a Human Rights Commission to investigate discrimination complaints.

But activists are upset that the council declined to consider an ordinance  that would offer protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The council had been considering  a fairness ordinance similar those on the books in Lexington, Louisville and Covington, but instead opted for the creation of the commission.

Prior to the meeting, hundreds of activists marched and rallied, urging the council to approve the legal protections.

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Fairness Ordinance Supporters To Rally In Berea

by Rick Howlett 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 […]

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After Months, Berea Still Taking “First Step” on Human Rights Commission

by Chris McDaniel July 18, 2011

Despite months of meetings on a proposed fairness ordinance and human rights commission, members of the Berea city council still say they’re taking the “first step” on the issue. In May, the council first considered passing an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and creating a commission to educate the public. A subcommittee was […]

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Fischer Extends Domestic Partner Benefits to Metro Employees

by admin July 15, 2011

Joined by members of the Louisville Metro Council and gay rights advocates, Mayor Greg Fischer signed an executive order Friday extending domestic partner benefits to Metro Government employees  that will go into effect July 1, 2012. The policy decision to offer health insurance benefits to couples living together in a household but who are not […]

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Fairness Leader Believes Gay Marriage “Inevitable” in Kentucky

by admin July 4, 2011

Gay rights advocates celebrated the vote by the New York state legislature that legalized same-sex marriage, but one local activist hopes it means change in Kentucky. The controversial bill cleared the Republican-controlled state Senate in the Empire State after heavy lobbying by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, who courted affluent GOP donors for support. The new […]

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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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