Yarmuth joins protest against Kentucky Farm Bureau

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John Yarmuth
John Yarmuth

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s only Democratic congressman stood outside in support of gay-rights activists while others in the state’s political elite ate breakfast inside a state fair venue at the Kentucky Country Ham Breakfast.

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth joined dozens of activists Thursday to protest Kentucky Farm Bureau’s opposition to gay marriage or issuance of domestic partner benefits by state agencies.

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The Louisville lawmaker said Farm Bureau is “on the wrong side” of history and the law. Yarmuth said the organization should stay out of social issues that have nothing to do with agriculture.

Yarmuth and other protesters wore orange T-shirts that accused Farm Bureau of being “big on discrimination.”

Inside, Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney said the organization does not discriminate and that its policies reflect the view of its members.

 

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