VICCO, Ky. (WYMT) - It is a first for any city in Eastern Kentucky. The Vicco City Council in Perry County voted three to one Monday to approve a law that protects gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people from discrimination.
The measure will prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Vicco is the fourth Kentucky city after Lexington, Louisville and Covington to approve an LGBT fairness law.
"With the signal, Vicco is saying no one should be denied a job, a place to live, or be able to go out to a restaurant in their home town and be denied service. We're going to treat everyone the same," said Michael Aldridge, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky.
While support of Vicco's new fairness law is not universal, people we talked to say they think it is generally a good idea.
"I think everyone should have rights, regardless of sexuality or whatever they may do. They still need to be treated equal," said Vicco native William Neace.
"We're all humans and have to live together, so I think it's good if we all treat each other like humans," said Glenn Jones, who lives in Hindman and supports the law.
"There's so much discrimination, and I believe that gays, lesbians and everybody to that effect needs the same opportunity as everybody else does," said Lula Gibson, another Vicco native.
Civil rights advocates say Vicco is just the first in a long line of small towns that are beginning to take up the equality issue, but city officials are quick to downplay the significance. They say the anti-discrimination law is just one of many positive things the mayor and commissioners are working on.
Statewide fairness bills have been introduced in the House and Senate for the 2013 session of the General Assembly. According to one survey, 83 percent of Kentuckians support anti-discrimination protections for members of the LGBT community.