Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Kentucky City Passes Ordinance Barring LGBT Discrimination, But With Broad Exemption For Faith-Based Institutions

According to Central Kentucky News, on Monday night, the Danville, Kentucky City Commission, by a vote of 4-1, adopted an ordinance barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, but with a broad exclusion for all "faith-based institutions."  An earlier version of the ordinance would not have excluded faith-based institutions that receive a majority of their funding from government agencies.  However last month after Sunrise Children's Services which receives 80% of its funding from the government threatened to sue, Council came up with the new draft containing the broader exemption.  An attempt to go back to the initial version was defeated on Monday by a vote of 3-2.  Mayor Bernie Hunstad, who voted against the final version as well, said that he objects to special protection for individuals "who chose to make an unconventional choice in their method of sexual practices."