UPDATE: Danville Passes Amended Fairness Ordinance; Some Call For Mayor’s Resignation

On Monday, Danville became the seventh city in Kentucky to pass a Fairness Ordinance, which outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The passage, by a vote of 4-to-1, came after five months of sometimes contentious debate.

Mayor Bernie Hunstad, as he had every time, voted against the ordinance.

He said not because he’s for discrimination, but that there were already laws on the books to protect people and he feared the city could face lawsuits over the ordinance.

During the debate Monday night, the mayor shared his views on traditional marriage, including views that some in favor of the ordinance found offensive and said didn’t belong in this debate.

Mayor Hunstad said, “It corresponds directly to it because on their agenda, this is simply a step towards legalization of gay marriage."

Following the vote, three people called for the mayor to resign because of his remarks in the meeting.

The mayor said he has no plans to step-down.

Meantime, the ordinance went into effect immediately, but may not protect everyone in Danville.

Two weeks ago, an amendment was added that exempts Sunrise Children’s Services, which operates a psychiatric treatment facility for boys and employs 50 people in the city.

The organization threatened to sue and pull out of Danville if the original ordinance passed.

A proposal to remove Sunrise’s exemption failed Monday night.

Here are the cities in Kentucky that have LGBT Fairness laws:

  • Covington
  • Danville
  • Frankfort
  • Lexington
  • Louisville
  • Morehead
  • Vicco

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