Frankfort Passes Law Barring Gay Discrimination

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Frankfort's city commission has passed an ordinance prohibiting housing, employment and public accommodation discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The state capital is the fifth Kentucky city to adopt such an ordinance. The others are Louisville, Lexington, Covington and Vicco in Perry County.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the vote Thursday was 3-2. The ordinance provides exemptions for religious institutions and in hiring for businesses with fewer than eight employees, though such businesses cannot deny services to customers based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Rev. Wade Hughes of West Frankfort Church of God cited Bible passages in asking commissioners not to pass the measure.

Frankfort resident Christina Libby urged passage and said the ordinance doesn't require anyone to celebrate homosexuality but not to discriminate.

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