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The Fairness Campaign is part of a Fairness Coalition across the commonwealth aimed at the passage of a statewide Fairness law, protecting all Kentuckians from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

Currently it is still legal in most of our state to fire someone from a job, deny them a place to live, or kick them out of a park or restaurant if they are thought to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

To date, only the Kentucky cities of Covington, Lexington, Louisville, and Vicco have enacted local fairness ordinances barring that type of discrimination.

A recent poll shows us 83% of registered Kentucky voters agree that gay and transgender people should be protected from discrimination in the workplace, in housing, and in restaurants or other forms of public accommodations

The survey results confirm what we hear in talking to our neighbors throughout the state – Kentuckians want to be fair but many have no idea that employers can legally fire people for being gay or transgender or deny them housing or service in a restaurant.

Public opinion has come a long way since the last available data in 2004, when only 65% of voters supported these same non-discrimination protections. And while providing the same legal protections for gay couples as straight couples lags in the polls – currently 70% support compared to 63% in 2004 – Kentuckians believe in fairness for hardworking gay and transgender employees who simply want to earn a living and provide for their families, just like everybody else.

Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia currently have Fairness laws.

You may learn more about the statewide Fairness Coalition of the ACLU-KY, Fairness Campaign, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, Kentucky Fairness Alliance, and Lexington Fairness at www.FairnessCoalition.org.


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