Hundreds turn out for first Fairness Ordinance forum in Daviess County, KY


DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) — People in Daviess County turning out in large numbers and voicing strong opinions on a proposed Fairness Ordinance.

The ordinance would provide protections against discrimination.

It wasn’t just a packed house, it was over capacity.

People watched from screens in overflow rooms as people from Daviess County voiced their opinions on the ordinance.

300 seats all full as people listened to speaker after speaker.

“I want to share a quick story.”

“I represent a significant number of religious leaders who oppose this ordinance.”

“I’m not here because I think it’s okay to be gay. Or convince anyone here that they shouldn’t think it’s wrong to be gay based on religious beliefs.”

53 people signed up to speak given two minutes by moderators, including Judge Executive Al Mattingly.

Some worried that the ordinance would infringe on their religious freedoms.”

“If this proposal was passed, as a Christian community, it would legally cause us to go against our faith.”

Others argued that it was time for change.

“All this revolves around fear. Christian leaders are in fear of frivolous lawsuits.”

This is the first of two scheduled forums the next is scheduled for February 24th.

Anyone who did not get to speak here will be first on the list for the next forum.

Still, Mattingly mentioned they may even need to schedule more forums to hear everyone out.

“I am fortunate that I am not the one in five transgender people who have not been discriminated against when finding a home.”

“Looking forward, that we can inspect whether there really is discrimination in this community, not that we disagree and not that we deny your testimony.

The Daviess County Fiscal Court released the ordinance to the public on Tuesday.

You can read the full version here.

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(This story was originally published on January 30, 2020)

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