The Kentucky’s Senate today passed a ‘religious freedom’ bill that will not only allow businesses in the state to discriminate against LGBT citizens but will also 8 LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances in the Kentucky cities of Covington, Danville, Frankfort, Lexington, Louisville, Midway, Morehead and Vicco.
Senate Bill 180 was proposed by Senator Albert Robinson (R) told fellow lawmakers the he bill needed to be passed because “the homosexual community makes it an issue.”
The bill received 22 votes in favor and 16 against.
And while the bill did pass passed with an amendment that attempted to limit the scope of discrimination allowed according to Eunice Rho, an advocacy and policy counsel for the ACLU “ it still would allow businesses open to the public to pick and choose whom they will serve without regard to local nondiscrimination ordinances or other laws prohibiting such discrimination.”
Democrats who opposed the measure, including Sen. Reginald Thomas, argued it would allow discrimination against LGBT people and possibly Jews. “I hope this senate would not pass a bill that promotes hatred and bigotry.”
But it did.
SB 180 says that no ordinance or public agency shall restrict the rights of people who provide “customized, artistic, expressive, creative, ministerial, or spiritual goods or services.”
Kentucky Tea Party Governor Matt Bevin is expected to sign the bill into law.
The Human Rights Campaign was nowhere to be seen.