The Frankfort KY Board of Commissioners had a public re-reading of its first LGBT inclusive fairness ordinance last night that that caused some anti-gay Kentuckians to speak out against it.
The new fairness ordinance would add adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the the current version prohibit discrimination in housing, public accommodation or employment based on gender identity or sexual orientation.
The fairness ordinance does have exemptions though. People hiring an in-home nurse or domestic, and landlords renting a room in their home or half of a duplex in which they live would not have to comply with the ordinance. Religious organizations would also be exempt once again allowing discrimination because of religious beliefs. The ordinance also 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.”
But that still is not enough for opponents the ordinance.
“If I owned an apartment building, and I have couples, families living in my apartment building, and a gay couple comes in there proclaiming their gayness and hugging and kissing on each other, with those other families in my apartment building, and their children watching this? Yes, I absolutely would,” (discriminate) said Ed Gantley.
Other opponents are calling the ordinance immoral. Including Eunice Montfort a human resources manager (!) at Art’s Electric, Inc.
“I don’t particularly want to end up in court, because I choose not to do something that a gay wants me to do. Go find somebody who doesn’t care. There are a zillions of them out there. Leave me alone. I do care,” said Montfort.
There’s a lot of fear for change,” said Mayor William May. “But the members of Frankfort’s LGBT community need the city government to protect them.”
The Frankfort City Commissioners will vote at the end of August in what is predicted to be a very close vote.
Update: In a phone call with Mrs. Montfort whose husband incidentally owns Art’s Electric he claims that LGBT people are already protected against discrimination by law. (Because she’s an HR person and that’s her job to know that) and she’s only speaking out to protect HER freedom of speech and right to hate.And Jesus, not HER Jesus but the REAL one wept.