Owensboro mulling 'fairness ordinance'

Owensboro mulling 'fairness ordinance'

Officials in Owensboro are planning to consider a gay rights ordinance.
OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - Officials in Owensboro are planning to consider a gay rights ordinance.

The Messenger-Inquirer reports all five members of the City Commission expressed support for a so-called "fairness ordinance" that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

That led Mayor Ron Payne to ask the city attorney to draft an ordinance so the commission could consider it.

The discussion was spurred by Owensboro Human Relations Commission Director Sylvia Coleman, who recommended that officials take up the issue because a culturally diverse community would attract more economic development.

If commissioners approve it, Owensboro would become at least the eighth Kentucky city to have a fairness ordinance. It would join Danville, Lexington, Louisville, Covington, Frankfort, Morehead and Vicco.

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