Vicco Mayor Wins Honor From Human Rights Commission

Jun 7, 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A small-town mayor in southeastern Kentucky has won special recognition from the state's Commission on Human Rights.

Vicco Mayor Johnny Cummings
Vicco Mayor Johnny Cummings

The commission said Thursday it honored Vicco Mayor Johnny Cummings for his efforts to create local civil-rights protections in his community. The town of 335 people in Perry County gained national attention for adopting a gay-rights ordinance last January.

Cummings received the Kentucky Unbridled Spirit for Justice Award at a recent Vicco City Council meeting. The award was presented by Juan Pena, who is an outreach field supervisor with the state human rights commission.

The commission says that Vicco became the fourth Kentucky community to pass such an ordinance and the first rural town to do so.

It says Louisville, Lexington and Covington are the other Kentucky cities with "fairness ordinances."