Citizens in Shelbyville propose ordinance to ban gay discrimination

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 16, 2012 at 12:27 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 16 at 10:45 AM

SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A statewide gay rights organization says the Shelbyville City Council is being asked to consider an anti-discrimination ordinance.

Some residents  asked the city council on Thursday night to adopt a law that would prohibit job and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

“For me, the Shelbyville Fairness Ordinance would mean that two of my very, very dear friends could have come with us tonight and openly shared that they’re gay without jeopardizing their jobs,” Ann Ellercamp said.

According to the coalition, only Louisville, Lexington and Covington have enacted local "fairness" ordinances. Previous attempts to expand gay rights have failed at the state level.
The council only heard the proposal Thursday, but Mayor Tom Hardesty thinks it will be an uphill battle for those seeking change.

“I don’t really have an opinion, but I think Shelby County is still a conservative county, and I don’t think the community will back it,” Hardesty said.

The city council will meet again in two weeks. Hardesty said it’s possible they will discuss the issue then.
 

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