Fairness Ordinances

City leaders in Berea are considering how to implement a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance that had its first reading this week.

A change to Danville’s proposed fairness ordinance is raising questions for local citizens.

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Officials in Danville have given preliminary approval to an ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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LGBT advocates sent chants of “Fairness!” through the state Capitol Wednesday.

Morehead Adopts Fairness Ordinance

Dec 10, 2013

The college town of Morehead has become the 6th community in Kentucky to pass a fairness ordinance.

VICCO, Ky. — Eight months after the tiny Appalachian town of Vicco took a stand against gay-based discrimination, it's basking in a flurry of attention and even an infusion of much-needed cash. All that fuss has its openly gay mayor dreaming of reviving a coal town that has long been fading.

Out-of-towners occasionally venture far off the interstate to visit the struggling coal town of about 330 residents. They pose for pictures in front of city hall or shake hands with Mayor Johnny Cummings.

Frankfort Latest Ky. City To Pass A Fairness Ordinance

Aug 29, 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Kentucky’s capital city has become the fifth in the state to pass a fairness ordinance protecting individuals from discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment based on sexual orientation.  As Devin Katayama reports, today’s vote was split but some say there was never a question of whether it would pass.

Frankfort’s Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve the ordinance, which will create a seven-member human rights commission that will hear discrimination complaints.

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.

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.

Sylvia Ryerson, WMMT Radio

WHITESBURG, Ky. - Vicco, Kentucky, in the southern corner of Perry county, is known by its town slogans as the little town with a big heart, and the town too tough to die.  This past Monday night, in a 3 to 1 vote by the city’s commissioners, Vicco made another name for itself by becoming the first municipality in eastern Kentucky, and only the fourth city in the state, to pass a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender anti-discrimination Fairness ordinance.  Sylvia Ryerson has this report.