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Fairness ordinance passes in Frankfort

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - UPDATE: Frankfort's fairness law has been controversial ever since it was brought up about eight months ago. At Thursday morning's public meeting before a final vote, the controversy continued.

For nearly an hour, many different Frankfort residents spoke to commissioners about a fairness law that would extend LGBT discrimination protections. Specifically, it would prohibit discrimination based on someone's sexual orientation or perceived gender identity.

After several public meetings, both sides were still very divided and for different reasons, ranging from religious beliefs to the proposed law's wording.

In a 3-2 vote, the commission passed the ordinance. The decision left some satisfied while others were disappointed.

"This is one of those issues that people disagree on, some very strongly. We're just happy that we were able to pass it and I think people will now see things will be normal and nothing is really going to change except that people will be protected," says Mayor William May.

"I think it's real important that if you're going to spend eight months passing legislation, that the legislation which you are addressing is defined correctly. The definition of gender identity is the definition of nothing which I'm aware. So, I think what they did today was pass an ordinance that really is not going to be effective," says Commissioner Lynn Bowers.

Although the ordinance has now passed, some commissioners say they'd like to amend parts of the new law.

Frankfort will join Lexington, Louisville, Covington and the Perry County city of Vicco. All of those now have fairness laws in place.

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UPDATE: A newly-revised fairness ordinance has passed by a vote of 3-2.

Frankfort has become the fifth Kentucky city with a fairness law in place.

The ordinance prohibits discrimination based on someone's sexual orientation or perceived gender identity.

Frankfort, Lexington, Louisville, Covington, and the Perry County city of Vicco are the only Kentucky cities with fairness laws in place.

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ORIGINAL STORY: A vote on a proposed fairness ordinance in Frankfort has been delayed.

The Frankfort Board of Commissioners held a second reading on the ordinance Monday night, and it was a packed house.

The Board delayed voting on it until Thursday morning, after an amendment to the definition of family to include legal guardianship.

The Board had to have a first reading of the ordinance again because of the amendment.

The fairness ordinance would prohibit discrimination based on someone's sexual orientation, or perceived gender identity.

Lexington, Louisville, Covington, and the Perry County city of Vicco are the only Kentucky cities with fairness laws in place.


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