Group rallies for state-wide LGBT anti-discrimination laws

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A group in Kentucky wants to expand Kentucky’s Civil Rights Act to include the LGBT community.

The Fairness Coalition wants protection for all people in the Commonwealth, including LGBT people.

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Seven cities, including Lexington, already have fairness ordinances that offer these protections.

Supporters of a state-wide anti-discrimination law rallied at the capitol in Frankfort Wednesday after the second ever informational hearing on LGBT discrimination protections during a house committee hearing.

Senate Bill 176 and House Bill 155 make up the Kentucky Competitive Workforce Act and would offer the expanded protections.

The Family Foundation of Kentucky doesn’t want the bills passed. It says fairness ordinances discriminate against religion.

House Bill 155 was not voted on because its sponsor, Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville, didn’t think it had enough support to pass. She thinks it may be years away from making it to the full house for a vote.

Marzian even went as far to call lawmakers who don’t support the bill “homophobes.” House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonburg, and others called that unfair.