Frankfort Residents Disagree About What's Fair For LGBT Community

Frankfort Residents Disagree About What's Fair For LGBT Community

The City Commissioners will vote at the end of the month on a Fairness Ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on a person's gender identity and sexual orientation.
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The Frankfort Board of Commissioners re-did the first reading of a fairness ordinance.  If it eventually passes, the city attorney doesn't want the law challenged on a procedural issue.  Because of some prior changes, the Commissioners heard the ordinance again.

Gay rights advocates say they're one step closer to getting the ordinance passed.  Opponents say it would hurt Frankfort.

John Gantley wants the right to deny a person housing, because of his, or her sexual orientation.

"If I owned an apartment building, and I have couples, families living in my apartment building, and a gay couple comes in there proclaiming their gayness and hugging and kissing on each other, with those other families in my apartment building, and their children watching this?  Yes, I absolutely would," said Gantley.

Those words are why some people want an ordinance prohibiting discrimination in housing, employment, and restaurants based on a person's gender identity and sexual orientation.

"The very person who was complaining that they may discriminate against others has that protection.  They can feel firm standing on the ground they wouldn't be discriminated against," said Robert Padgett, a gay rights advocate.

Opponents call the ordinance immoral.  Eunice Montfort is a human resources manager.

"I don't particularly want to end up in court, because I choose not to do something that a gay wants me to do.  Go find somebody who doesn't care.  There are a zillions of them out there.  Leave me alone.  I do care," said Montfort.

Frankfort's Mayor says the ordinance only adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the current fairness ordinance.

"There's a lot of, a lot of fear for change," said Mayor William May.

May says members of Frankfort's LGBT community need the city government to protect them.

The Commissioners will vote at the end of August.
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