Berea group renews call for fairness ordinance

September 16, 2013 

Bereans for Fairness will renew its call for an anti-discrimination ordinance that protects gay, lesbian, bisxual and transgender people at Tuesday's meeting of the Berea City Council. The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Police and Municipal Building.

Supporters also will share responses from a local survey, asking residents, "What would it mean for you to live in a community with a fairness ordinance?"

The grass-roots Bereans for Fairness movement has advocated for a local fairness ordinance prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations for LGBT people since early 2011.

In October of that year, nearly 400 supporters marched down Chestnut Street to call on the city council to pass such a law. Instead, city officials voted to re-establish its dormant Human Rights Commission and charged it with studying the issue.

The commission recently agreed to recommend passage of a fairness ordinance to the council.

Berea could become the sixth Kentucky city to extend discrimination protections to LGBT individuals, joining Covington, Lexington, Louisville, the small Appalachian community of Vicco, and Frankfort, which passed its fairness ordinance last month. City officials in Morehead began working toward an LGBT anti-discrimination law last week.

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