Local/Regional News
1:27 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Divided Frankfort Lawmakers To Consider Fairness Ordinance

FRANKFORT, Ky. - City leaders in Frankfort are moving forward with a fairness ordinance.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the Board of Commissioners plans to review a draft ordinance at their next work session July 8th. July 22 is the earliest the measure might receive a first reading.

The ordinance has the support of Mayor Bill May, but the commissioners remains divided – with some, such as Katie Flynn, arguing it’s time Frankfort adopt the ordinance and others, such as Robert Roach calling the measure unnecessary. He said he had received 300 to 400 emails and about 100 telephone calls about the ordinance — more than he has fielded on all other issues combined.

If passed, the fairness ordinance would prohibit discrimination in housing, public accommodation or employment based on gender identity or sexual orientation – with some exceptions for landlords renting rooms in their homes, those hiring an in-home nurse, and for religious organizations.