Kentucky City of Maysville Becomes 10th in State to Pass Nondiscrimination Measure

By Shane Stahl • August 10, 2018 • 2:43 pm

On Thursday, the Maysville, KY City Council unanimously passed a comprehensive nondiscrimination ordinance, becoming the 10th city in the Bluegrass state to offer full protections  for LGBTQ people.

Both the city’s Human Rights Commission and The Fairness Campaign, the state’s leading LGBTQ advocacy group, worked together to craft the ordinance and persuade lawmakers to support it. Additionally, Maysville Mayor Cartmell was a key supporter, offering in a statement from the city:

“We are pleased that Maysville has joined with other progressive cities around the Commonwealth by adopting a Fairness Ordinance. I wish to commend the Human Rights Commission for the dedication and diligence in crafting this legislation.”

The Fairness Campaign is also working to pass a statewide nondiscrimination law, which would update the state’s existing Civil Rights Act to include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Statewide Fairness Law has been introduced every year for nearly two decades, receiving only two hearings in that time, and never advancing out of committee. However, a record number of cosponsors signed on to the legislation in 2018, and there are plans to reintroduce the measure in the next legislative session.

Freedom for All Americans congratulates our partners at the Fairness Campaign on this success! To read the history of nondiscrimination in Kentucky, click here.

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