Frankfort Fairness Ordinance Moves Forward, With Tweaks

Jul 16, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Frankfort city commissioners made small tweaks and revisions to the city’s proposed fairness ordinance Monday. Supporters don’t see the changes significantly weakening the effect of the law if it passes.

Meetings held on Frankfort’s proposed fairness ordinance have attracted large crowds and passionate responses from local residents on both sides of the issue. Now the draft language is being hammered out.

Chris Hartman with the Louisville-based Fairness Campaign says he doesn’t foresee major changes to the core of law, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

"They cleaned up some of the language in the ordinance. They changed a couple of the definitions to match current state and federal definitions," he says.

Questions remain, however, as to whether or not the lawmakers will revive Frankfort’s dormant Human Rights Commission. Commissioner Lynn Bowers is among those who have questioned the need for a fairness ordinance because, she says, she has yet to find one instance of employment or housing discrimination based on sexual orientation. Still, even opponents are admitting that the measure has a good chance of passing.

The final language will be made public next Monday when it will receive its first reading.