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… Continue reading Berea Could Become the Fourth Kentucky City With a Fairness Ordinance
This summer, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will lift its ban on gay clergy, but a church leader says the move is not a step toward recognizing same-sex marriage. The church’s council approved the change last year, but it took until yesterday for a majority of the regional governing bodies, called presbyteries, to approve the change.… Continue reading Presbyterian Official Doesn’t Consider Rule Change a Step Toward Same-Sex Marriage
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will soon allow the ordination of non-celibate gay and lesbian clergy. Today on Here and Now, WFPL News Director Gabe Bullard spoke with Cynthia Bolbach, Moderator of the 219th General Assembly, about some of the details and implications.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will soon allow the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy members. A majority of the denomination’s regional governing bodies–which are called presbyteries–have agreed to lift the requirement that unmarried clergy remain celibate, which was previously part of the church’s constitution. The change was approved by the church’s national assembly last year,… Continue reading Presbyterian Church Drops Ban on Gay Clergy
In Kentucky, only Louisville, Lexington and Covington currently have laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing and employment. The Fairness Campaign has spent months working to make Richmond the 4th city to pass such a law. But director Chris Hartman says the efforts have stalled, and there’s no estimate on when Richmond lawmakers may vote on a fairness ordinance.
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.
A Senate committee will take up the issue later this week. The House has already approved the proposal, and the Senate is expected to pass it as well.
The protesters say the amendment would write discrimination into the state constitution.
The Fairness Campaign’s Chris Hartman is frustrated by what he considers stall tactics imposed on anti bullying legislation this session. He says two amendments sponsored by Representative Mike Harmon are out of line and are simply meant to kill the bill.
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.
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.