Organizers Call Fairness Hearing Monumental

By Michael Gossum | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Those working on the Fairness Campaign called yesterday a monumental event.

"It was really gratifying to see it happen because for 15 years Fairness has been pushing this statewide anti-discrimination bill and it's never been given a hearing. We've never had as many co-sponsors as we've had this year, we have 18," said Dora James, Fairness Campaign Western KY Regional Organizer.

James works on the Fairness Campaign that fights for civil rights of those in the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered community.

She was in Frankfort for the committee hearing of House Bill 71 that would offer more rights to the LGBT community.

"It would protect against discrimination in the work place, in housing or public accommodations, restaurants, parks, stuff like that," said James.

There was no vote taken, but those at the meeting are excited about the progress.

"No, we haven't been given any word. At the end of the hearing Chairman Tilley said that we would love for us to be able to come forward again, so I see that as hope for next time," said James.

"I think we're getting extremely close for a statewide law as well. It's great to see the momentum is kind of heading that way," said former Policeman Kile Nave.

Kentucky currently has six cities who have a Fairness Ordinance, Bowling Green is not one of them.

Lawmakers have about four weeks left in this session to get bills passed, but the governor can always call them back for a special session.

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