Mayor Jim Gray Not Pressing For Veto Of Religious Freedom Measure

Mar 21, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is stopping short of urging the governor to veto a religious freedom bill opponents worry could be used to challenge local fairness laws.

Some anti-discrimination groups have been pressuring Governor Beshear to veto House Bill 279, which they say could threaten laws protecting gays and lesbians in Lexington, Louisville, Covington, and Vicco. Supporters claim the bill would only strengthen court protections for those alleging violations of their religious freedom.

While Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has registered his disapproval of the measure, Mayor Gray hasn’t taken a public position, except to issue a statement saying he has passed concerns about the bill along to the governor. A spokesperson for the mayor told WUKY Gray currently has no plans to elaborate on the issue.

Beshear has until Friday to veto the bill that the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved.