Severe Thunderstorm Warning expires at 6:40 PM on 7/23, issued at 6:13 PM Breeding, KY | Cane Valley, KY | Columbia, KY | Glens Fork, KY

Fairness Coalition Rallies For Anti-Discrimination Laws

Reported by: Ellen Bryan
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 2/20/2013 7:04 pm

The Fairness Coalition wants statewide anti-discrimination fairness legislation and a tougher anti-bullying law based on sexual orientation.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Kentuckians said they aren’t protected when it comes to their civil rights.

In Frankfort today, the LBGT community rallied in support of Kentucky bills that would protect them from discrimination in their jobs, the housing market and while out in public.

Lexington Democratic Senator Kathy Stein and Democratic Representative Mary Lou Marzian introduced Senate Bill 28 and House Bill 171, which would amend the Kentucky Civil Rights Act to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”

Representative Marzian also introduced House Bill 377, which is an anti-bullying/harassment law that would help protect LBGT students in class.

“I think I deserve protections, employment opportunities and housing options and accommodations,” Tiff Gonzales, a gay woman who lives in Kentucky said. “But because I want those things for myself, I want them also for everyone else living in Kentucky, and that's why I'm here today.”

Chris Hartman, the Fairness Campaign Director, said their research shows 83% of Kentuckians support fairness.

“We need the legislators to set up and reflect their constituent’s beliefs,” Hartman said.

Vicco, a southeastern Kentucky town with 334 residents, recently passed a local fairness ordinance. The Mayor of Vicco, Johnny Cummings, hopes their community can be an example to state legislators.

“The fact that we can be part of this movement, yes, I'm very proud,” Cummings said.

Fairness Coalition supporters also delivered more than 11,000 post cards to legislators this morning to advocate passage of the fairness and anti-bullying laws.

Share
0 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

No comments yet!
Most Popular
Lincoln County Woman Abducted; Held For Ransom
Stanford Police are looking for a suspect who abducted a woman at gun point, and held her for ransom Video Video
Identity Theft Suspect Identified
Nicholasville Police are positive they have a suspect identified who is wanted in a recent identity theft case.
Postal Facility In Lexington Scheduled To Be Closed In 2015
The U.S. Postal Service's processing and distribution center on Nandino Boulevard in Lexington is scheduled to be closed next year to save money, according to the USPS Website. Video Video
2014 36 Blitz: Mason Co. Royals
A look at tradition in Maysville and what it means to this season's team. Video Video
Interstate closes after bee-carrying truck crashes
Police say a semi flat-bed truck hauling beehives has crashed, causing eastbound Interstate 24 to close near the Kentucky-Tennessee state line at Clarksville, Tennessee.
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.