Dozens show up at first-ever hearing of Kentucky LGBT Fairness Law

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - On Wednesday in Frankfort, a Kentucky House Judiciary Committee heard arguments for a statewide fairness law. The bill would be similar to ordinances in six Kentucky cities, including Lexington, making it illegal to discriminate against anyone based on their sexual preference.

History was made in Frankfort at the Capitol with dozens of onlookers with supporters in blue t-shirts.

"I can't really put it into words how important it is that if we're a nation that claims to be the land of the free and home of the brave, that we fight towards freedom and equality for all of our citizens day in and day out," said Sabrina Brown, who supports House Bill 171.

It was the first-ever hearing of the Kentucky LGBT Fairness Law. It's a law that would prohibit discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

"We are actually helping not only our company, but our communities and our country to be better places for all of us," said Ralph de Chabert, with the Brown-Forman Corporation.

There are new local LGBT Fairness laws in Vicco, Frankfort, and Morehead and laws already in Lexington, Louisville, and Covington. But people like Representative Mary Lou Marzian want it to be a law statewide.

"I think learning about issues is what our job here is all about and learning about what our constituents are thinking and feeling and how laws affect them or don't affect them," said Representative Mary Lou Marzian.

The house judiciary committee heard testimony in support of the bill today. No opposers spoke up. Even a Catholic priest of 50 plus years spoke in favor of the bill.

"I stand with a cloud of witnesses to the truth that all people are brothers and sisters," said Father Joseph Fowler. "I stand as a witness to freedom that we live every day free from discrimination."

There was no vote on Wednesday at the hearing. The chair simply said those in support might a chance to again fight for this bill.

No representatives would comment on the bill at the hearing, and no opposers spoke at the hearing.

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