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

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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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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