Governor makes history by attending gay-rights rally

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, right, and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman speak with the media during a press conference at the Kentucky state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. To assist Kentuckians seeking to earn their GED’s, Beshear announced that the state has allowed $600,000 to cover testing fees. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has endorsed efforts to outlaw gay-based discrimination and ban the practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth.

Beshear spoke out while attending a gay-rights rally at Kentucky’s Capitol on Wednesday. He became the state’s first sitting governor to attend a rally staged by the Fairness Campaign in the Capitol Rotunda.

Beshear told the crowd that diversity and inclusion are values that will make Kentucky stronger.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 19, 2020)

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