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Richmond city commission addresses proposed fairness ordinance

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

Earlier this month, we told you about a lesbian couple who claimed they were kicked out of E.C. Million park in Richmond for kissing. That has led in a huge push for a fairness ordinance in Richmond.

This evening city leaders took up the issue in front of a huge crowd. "This is a huge turn out," explains one 'Kentuckians For Fairness' supporter, "probably one of the biggest ones we've had so far!"

More than a hundred people packed the room to express their opinions.
"How long is it going to take for them to realize we need a change? Does someone need to be hurt or killed like in Lincoln, Nebraska?" explained one supporter.

The couple, who did not attend the meeting because of health issues, says they are moved at how many people have come out in their support. "They have started a movement which I feel should have started a long time ago."

However, not everyone was in support of the ordinance. Some attendees expressed concern that the ordinance went against a persons constitutional right. "The incident happened on private property, am I correct?" explains Debbie Secchio. "The constitution does protect us as property owners, it allows us to decide who we want on our property."

Debbie Secchio believes what happened at the park, regardless of her or anyone else's personal opinion, was within the property owners rights since the park is on private property. "When we have private property we're allowed to set boundaries, that is our right. We need to preserve those rights."

Secchio says a persons freedom would be compromised if this ordinance were to go into place. Reading from the Constitution Secchio highlighted her concerns. "We want a fair freedom and that's why the constitution has perimeters that we go by, because if it had no perimeters, freedom would be unfettered and we'd all get hurt by each other."

No decision was made at the meeting.

One of the commissioners at the meeting said he wants to hear both sides and said he'll take the next few days to hear what everybody has to say.

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