Franklin County

Frankfort fairness ordinance gets first reading; final vote will be Aug. 26

Cities with fairness ordinances covering sexual orientation.
Cities with fairness ordinances covering sexual orientation.

Frankfort moved one step closer Monday night to becoming the fifth city in Kentucky to adopt a fairness ordinance.

The city's board of commissioners gave first reading to an ordinance that would prohibit discrimination in housing, public accommodation or employment based on actual or perceived gender identity or sexual orientation.

The ordinance also resurrects a Human Rights Commission, which the city had but later repealed.

Karen Hatter, a member of the steering committee for Frankfort Fairness, said the human rights commission would help with "mediation, education and conciliation."

"It's just a good feeling now to know our community has taken this step," she said of the ordinance. "We'd like to think that this will set an example" for other cities considering one.

Four Kentucky cities — Lexington, Louisville, Covington and Vicco in Perry County — have ordinances banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The board of commissioners is expected to have a second reading of the ordinance, giving it final passage, at its Aug. 26 meeting.