Danville City Commission delays vote, to discuss fairness ordinance further

gkocher1@herald-leader.comApril 14, 2014 

Danville City Commission voted Monday night to not give first reading to a fairness ordinance, as had been originally scheduled. Instead the commission voted 4-1 to have a workshop on April 28 to discuss the ordinance further.

The proposed ordinance prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Commissioners must approve two readings of the proposal before it is adopted.

The commission has received new information from Sunrise Children's Services, which offers foster care and other services for children in crisis at a campus in Danville, challenging the legality of the city to adopt the proposed ordinance, said City Attorney Stephen Dexter.

The Kentucky Human Rights Commission also offered suggested inclusions and deletions to the ordinance that the city commission wants to consider, Dexter said.

Mayor Bernie Hunstad, who opposes the ordinance, was the lone "no" on the vote to hold a workshop. Commissioners James Atkins, Paige Stevens, Paul Smiley and Kevin Caudill voted yes to hold a workshop.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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