Online petition calls for Fairness Ordinance in Owensboro, Daviess Co.


OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) A few months after Henderson city officials approved a fairness ordinance, another group is petitioning Owensboro and Daviess County to approve one for their community.

In 2014, Owensboro City Commissioners discussed adding a fairness ordinance, but the plan was tabled.

“It wasn’t really the right time for various reasons,” says Waylon Ramming, who is part of an effort of a fairness ordinance for the city and county. He says the timing is right this time.

“I think the difference today is that people are trying to put a face and a name on the push, to understand that there is a need for it,” he says.

An online petition has more than 1,700 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon, asking for fairness to be afforded to everyone in regards to housing, employment and other public accommodations. Judge Executive Al Mattingly says any ordinance should be decided by both the city and county.

“If it’s decided on a city level only, the ordinance would stop at the city limits. I don’t think discrimination is something that stops on an artificial border like city limits or county limits,” he says.

We reached out to local baptist associations and the Kentucky Baptist Convention for comment, but our calls weren’t returned. During Henderson’s debate, Green Valley Baptist Association officials were quoted by the Louisville Courier-Journal in an article on June 22, 2019, saying, “If the engine goes through, it’s only a matter of time before other things go through.” Supporters say they haven’t decided whether to discuss their plan first with the Owensboro City Commission or Daviess County Fiscal Court.

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(This story was originally published on September 25, 2019)

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