Berea to enact protections for gay city workers

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Gay rights advocates have scored another victory in a small eastern Kentucky town as Berea prepares to expand anti-discrimination protections for city employees.

Berea Mayor Steve Connelly announced this week that he will sign an executive order banning discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation in hiring, firing and benefits for city employees.

The move follows a new gay-rights ordinance in the tiny Appalachian town of Vicco that went into effect earlier this month. Vicco's law bans discrimination against gays in employment and housing in the town of about 330 people.

Berea has been debating a similar city-wide anti-discrimination ordinance. In 2011, the city council reestablished the city's Human Rights Commission to investigate the issue.

Covington, Lexington, and Louisville have also passed city-wide anti-discrimination ordinances.

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