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Henderson Becomes 11th Kentucky City to Adopt Fairness Ordinance

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The Henderson City Commission Tuesday night approved the second reading of a measure that will provide greater legal protections for LGBTQ individuals. 

The Fairness Ordiance passed on a 3-2 vote, the same margin of victory the proposal saw when it passed its first reading earlier this month. The measure prohibits discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations. 

It's the second time Henderson has passed a Fairness Ordinance. The city commission also passed a similar measure in 1999, but it was repealed 18 months later when the makeup of the commission changed.

Tuesday night's vote means Henderson becomes the 11th city in Kentucky to adopt a Fairness Ordinance, joining Louisville (1999); Lexington (1999); Covington (2003); Vicco (2013); Frankfort (2013); Morehead (2013); Danville (2014); Midway (2015); Paducah (2018); and Maysville (2018). 

The Fairness Campaign, an LGBTQ-rights group, says just over a quarter of Kentucky's population is now covered by a Fairness Ordinance.

Bowling Green is Kentucky's third largest city, and the largest city in the state without such legal protections for the LGBTQ community. Supporters brought an ordinance up for a vote earlier this year, but it was defeated by the city commission. 

Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio. He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition.
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