Daviess County fairness ordinance fails on second reading

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – A proposed ‘fairness ordinance’ failed on second reading in the Daviess County Fiscal Court.

The vote was two in favor, and two against.

Commissioner Wathen said if the ordinance is passed, it would bring many negative consequences. Commissioner Koger said he doesn’t think there’s a winner in this.

Judge Executive Al Mattingly voted in favor of the ordinance. He said it’s his responsibility to this community to watch over those who are marginalized, taken advantage of and bullied.

The Daviess County Fiscal Court has been discussing the proposed ordinance for weeks and it hosted two standing room only meetings on the issues.

Supporters of the fairness ordinance say it will prohibit housing discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Opponents say the proposal is not needed.

Read the full ordinance here.

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(This story was originally published on April 2, 2020)

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