Ky. mayor wins honor from human rights commission

Johnny Cummings

Johnny Cummings

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

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, who is openly gay, 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.”

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