Daviess County hosts second forum to discuss anti-discrimination ordinance

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DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) It was round two tonight in Daviess County for residents to discuss a proposed fairness ordinance.

Many people gathered at Brescia University to make their opinions known. A vote could come as soon as next month.

They came from all parts of daviess county, representing both sides of the issue.

“We’re a community. None of us should be able to discriminate against here,” said Rose Drury of Daviess County.

“This ordinance is presented and framed around the idea that to oppose this ordinance is to believe that it’s alright to discriminate,” said Shea Hicks of Daviess County.

Several dozen supporters and opponents took to the podium Monday night for what may have been their last chance to make their stance known before Daviess County Commissioners make their votes known.

“I did not hear one fiscal reason to deny this ordinance that wasn’t rooted in their own prejudice,” one supporter told the crowd.

“Those people that really want to discriminate are going to find a way to discriminate around this ordinance,” said Bruce Pierce of Daviess County.

This forum happened a month after nearly three hundred attended one last month at OCTC. Some speakers used their faith as part of their argument

(Susan montalvo gesser)

“It is my religious conviction, and belief in Christ that compels me to stand in front of you this evening in support of the ordinance,” said Susan Montalvo Gesser of Owensboro.

“Culture has changed, but God has not changed. God has changed in his love for every person. Neither has God changed in his disapproval for certain behaviors,” said one opponent.

Judge Executive Al Mattingly says a first reading on the proposed ordinance is expected at the next fiscal court meeting on the first week of March, and the fiscal court could vote as early as March 19th.

To read the full ordinance, click here.

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(This story was originally published on February 24, 2020.)

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