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Louisville, Ky., rejects city pool expenses for Boy Scouts due to anti-gay policy

Friday, April 25, 2014
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — City officials in Louisville, Ky., have told the town council they can not approve expenses to keep a city pool open late for local Boy Scouts because the organization’s ban on gay scout leaders violates the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance.

Louisville, Ky.

Louisville, Ky.

Councilwoman Cindi Fowler sought to direct neighborhood development money to expand swimming hours at a local park for scouts pursuing their swimming badge, reports the Courier Journal.

But the request was blocked because “the Boy Scouts organization cannot provide documentation of an employment policy that does not discriminate against individuals, specifically sexual orientation.”

The county attorney’s office must approve all expenditures of neighborhood development funds. A spokeswoman for County Attorney Mike O’Connell, confirmed the request had been denied.

City pools are still available to Scouts during normal operating hours.

Louisville is one of six Kentucky municipalities with “fairness” ordinances prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The others are Covington, Frankfort, Lexington-Fayette County, Morehead and Vicco.

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