Business coalition in Kentucky backs gay-rights bill

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Gay-rights advocates in Kentucky are recruiting business support for statewide legislation aimed at protecting gays and bisexuals from discrimination in the workplace, in public places and housing.

The advocates said Thursday that nearly 200 businesses have joined the Kentucky Competitive Workforce Coalition in support of legislation being prepared for the 2016 General Assembly session.

The announcement was made at the Louisville headquarters of spirits maker Brown-Forman Corp., one of Kentucky’s best-known companies.

Democratic Sen. Morgan McGarvey says policies promoting inclusion would help recruit workers to Kentucky. McGarvey says the legislation would protect people from being fired simply “because of who you love.”

Family Foundation executive director Kent Ostrander says gay-rights activists have failed to demonstrate the need for a statewide law.

Similar bills have died for years in the legislature.

 

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