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Ky. town to draft anti-discrimination ordinance despite mayor’s objection

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

DANVILLE, Ky. — An ordinance that would prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation is being drafted in Danville, Ky.

The city commission voted on Monday to move forward with the proposal despite objections raised by the mayor, reported The Advocate-Messenger.

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Mayor Bernie Hunstad voiced concerns about costs and the possibility of alternative measures.

“I would like to point out that this ordinance, if approved, bypasses at least two other suggestions made already, including a simple proclamation,” said Hunstad. “I think, too, that the advice that we have received to date from our city counsel has been basically against the ordinance because of the cost of litigation. For that reason, I will not be supporting this.”

The vote came after the panel heard from dozens of residency showed up to voice their opinions on the matter.

Jamie Peyton said she was fired from a job in 2011 after disclosing that she was a lesbian and has had trouble finding a job since then.

“I was explicitly told that had I not admitted my sexual orientation, it might have been different,” said Peyton.

Danville resident Randy Graham spoke against the ordinance, saying that the city should instead put the issue to a referendum.

The city attorney will draft the ordinance, which is to be presented at a March meeting.

In the meantime, the commission plans to take more public comments so that revenge it revisions can be made throughout the process.

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12 more reader comments:

  1. Good.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 6:17pm
  2. Awesome :-)

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 6:17pm
  3. Who could be against non-discrimination!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 6:18pm
  4. Only discriminators want to keep the status quo.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 6:22pm
  5. We had to have a lot of cities in Illinois do this before the state legislature got busy and enacted it for the entire state. Go for it, Danville.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 6:22pm
  6. Yay!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 6:37pm
  7. Equality PA and the PA Diversity Network can help them draft their ordinance

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 6:39pm
  8. This is my hometown. In spite of the opposition, they are going the right direction. At least one church has been extremely vocal in not passing a fairness ordinance. It’s good to see the city thinking clearly.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 6:45pm
  9. There is one U.S. Constitution.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:06pm
  10. Thank You, Danville…You ROCK !

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:39pm
  11. I find it hard to even try to push any kind of law that is good for the gay community in Kentucky. I lived in Gray son Ky for over 17 years and seen many displays of the KKK presently in Kentucky.
    A mayor of a town there made a unpleasant joke about black at one end of the town, and the whites coming to kick them out. Needlessly, he lost me as a friend when he made that remark.
    I hope the best for our gay community to get there rights. But there discrimination laws should already protect there rights already

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:44pm
  12. Well at Least one place has it’s head on straight here.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 8:20pm