The Fairness Campaign has endorsed a number of candidates in Jefferson County, including Greg Fischer For Mayor. The group is best known for fighting discrimination against gay and transgender people.
“I am honored to have the Fairness endorsement,” Fischer said in a statement. “I believe Louisville needs a mayor for the 21st Century – and that means a city that will not tolerate anything less than equal civil rights for everyone.”
From CFAIR, the political action committee of the Fairness Campaign:
Conversely, Mr. Fischer’s Republican opponent, Councilman Hal Heiner, who did not return a CFAIR candidate questionnaire, has been staunchly anti-Fairness his whole tenure as on the Metro Council. Councilman Heiner voted against the city’s Fairness ordinance when it came before the council in 2004, and he contributed $20,000 of personal funds to support Kentucky’s constitutional amendment banning gay marriage that same year. Repeatedly, in the Republican Primary for Mayor, Councilman Heiner made statements in opposition to anti-discrimination Fairness laws by citing “current federal protections” that preclude the need for state and local laws, a blatant mistruth. Given Councilman Heiner’s inclinations against protecting the rights of all individuals, it is no surprise he is the candidate supported by Dr. Frank Simon, our region’s most notorious anti-gay rights activist, who has personally contributed $500 to Councilman Heiner’s campaign.