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Despite Fierce Opposition Frankfort, KY Passes LGBT Non-Discrimination Law

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Despite fierce opposition by GOP lawmakers and the religious right, Frankfort, KY City Commission voted 3 to 2 on Thursday morning in favor of including sexual orientation in the local non-discrimination ordinance.  It outlaws discrimination against anyone in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on their real or perceived sexual orientation.

Frankfort, Kentucky’s capital will become the 5th Kentucky city to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation.

In addition measure will also create a local Human Rights Commission in the capital city which will further educate the public on the issue, take in complaints about violations of the new law, and help enforce it.

Even though the ordinance would provide for exemption under the state’s newly adopted Religious Freedom Act, which states in part that “government shall not substantially burden a person’s freedom of religion.”  it was strongly opposed by local Republican lawmakers and religious organizations using the false argument that it would create “special rights for Frankfort LGBT citizens.

 

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