Frankfort’s Board of Commissioners passed an LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance by a vote of 3 to 2. The capital of Kentucky is the fifth city to pass the Fairness ordinance.
Commissioner Lynn bowers tried and failed twice to amend the “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” definitions to make them broader. The public comment period ended up being roughly an hour.
Commissioner Katie Flynn Hedden made the motion to call the ordinance to a vote, and was seconded by Commissioner Tommy Hayes. Those two along with Mayor Bill May voted yes. Bowers voted ‘no’, but because she wanted to broaden the definitions in the ordinance. Only Commissioner Robert Roach opposed the ordinance outright.
According to the KEF “The law prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on someone’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity and establishes a seven-member Human Rights Commission, which will assist in discrimination complaint intake, enforcement, and public education.”
Frankfort joins Covington, Lexington, Louisville and Vicco as all having LGBT anti-discrimination ordinances. Vicco, which is a small Appalachian town, was featured on The Colbert Report earlier this year.
The KEF also notes that:
For the first time ever, more than a quarter of Kentucky’s residents live in a city with LGBT anti-discrimination Fairness protections. A statewide anti-discrimination Fairness law has been proposed in Kentucky’s General Assembly for more than fifteen years without debate, despite 83% support for such protections among voters.
Since the introduction of Frankfort’s ordinance, hundreds of local supporters became actively involved in the grassroots Frankfort Fairness movement, with more than 1,000 of the city’s 25,000 residents becoming online members. Similar grassroots movements are afoot in a number of other Kentucky cities, including Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Morehead, Shelbyville, and Berea, where residents expect passage of a Fairness law by year’s end. Smaller movements have begun in nearly a dozen other cities across the commonwealth.