HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) — The Henderson City Commission passed the Fairness Ordinance.
Henderson now becomes the 11th city in Kentucky to have the ordinance on the books.
The board commissioners once again voted 3-2 in favor of the civil rights fairness ordinance.
While the votes from the first reading ultimately stayed the same, the ordinance now includes a religious clause protecting actions based on religious freedom that otherwise might be deemed discriminatory.
The clause is already state law, but commissioner Bradley Staton said it was added for clarification.
The addition upset many of those in favor of the ordinance.
Former Mayor Joan Hoffman said the religious component diminished the impact the ordinance would have.
Before the second vote, Joseph Flemming showed the board a sign from when the ordinance was first passed twenty years ago as he urged them to make all walks of life feel included once again.
“This here makes me feel that if you all pass this ordinance, I will feel safe in my community as well as so many other people. And for me to have to go to my employer every day to feel safe, and not in the community that I live, it’s a gross injustice.”
The ordinance prohibits discriminatory practices on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation in employment, housing and accommodations.
The ordinance originally passed in 19 99 where it remained in place for 18 months before it was voted down.
HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) — The Henderson City Commission has passed the Fairness Ordinance.
Henderson becomes the states 11th city with a Fairness Ordinance.
Henderson becomes 11th Kentucky city with Fairness Ordinance. — City of Henderson (@HendersonKY) June 25, 2019
The fairness ordinance passed in 1999 but was repealed a year later.
10 other Kentucky cities have adopted Fairness Ordinances.
(This story was originally published on June 25, 2019)