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Berea to hold public meeting on gay rights law

BEREA, Ky. - The city of Berea has scheduled two meetings in September to discuss a proposed city law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The proposal, modeled after several other so-called fairness ordinances that have passed around the state, would outlaw discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.

The Richmond Register reports the council will review the measure Sept. 2 and hold a public forum on Sept. 16.

City Administrator Randy Stone says the ordinance could be up for a second reading as early as Oct. 2.

In July, the Berea Human Rights Commission reported that it has fielded four complaints of discrimination, but it has not investigated them because it lacks a local ordinance giving it legal authority.


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