Hundreds show up to discuss possible fairness ordinance

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DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) – Hundreds of people packed a Daviess County courtroom to send a message about a possible fairness ordinance.
So many people showed up that some had to stand in the hallway.

The ordinance would provide protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Those in favor of the ordinance spoke and a commissioner voiced his concerns.

One Owensboro man says he spoke for those who don’t have a voice in the community.

“I got so emotional because of the support. I wasn’t expecting to see the amount of support that we had. It’s pretty powerful to see all the folks out here, young, old, religious, not religious, saying that they support a non-discrimination policy in Daviess County.”

“I believe that the religious conservatives in this country are constantly being told what they can do and what they can say and what they can’t do and what they can’t say. They’re being forced to do things that are against their personal religious beliefs. If they step out of line, or say the wrong thing, their business may be shut down or they could suffer a very expensive lawsuit.”

Henderson passed its own Fairness Ordinance earlier this year.

Commissioner George Wathen: “I believe that the religious conservatives in this country are constantly being told what they can do and what they can say and what they can’t do and what they can’t say. They’re being forced to do things that are against their personal religious beliefs. If they step out of line, or say the wrong thing, their business may be shut down or they could suffer a very expensive lawsuit.”

Tyler Shookman: “I spoke tonight on behalf of all the people who don’t have a voice in this community. The kids who are reading the newspaper, the comments on social media, that’s who I am here for tonight. To speak on their behalf because I have been in their shoes, I’ve been discriminated against, and I didn’t have a voice”

Judge Executive Al Mattingly: “When you get letters like this from parents, when you get letters from people who have been bullied and have been discriminated against, I don’t think you cannot have the conversation. I don’t think that you cannot address the issue.”

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(This story was originally published on November 21, 2019)

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