City Commissioner responds to Fairness Ordinance not getting a second

Published: Feb. 22, 2017 at 7:48 PM CST
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A Fairness Ordinance in Bowling Green was introduced for the first time Tuesday night at the City Commission meeting.

It did not get a second, so the ordinance was not discussed.

Supporters of the ordinance are wondering why.

Although the Fairness Ordinance was not discussed at the meeting last night, supporters say that the ordinance even just being on the agenda is a step in the right direction.

The Fairness Ordinance would protect people from being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

"What happened yesterday, was a historic introduction of a Fairness Ordinance for the first time. So it now suddenly seems for many people, like a very real thing. Which makes the erasure of the ordinance by the Mayor and the Commissioners, other than Commissioner Nash, it makes it a very strange moment," Patricia Minter, of the Bowling Green Fairness group said.

One City Commissioner, says just because she is did not favor the ordinance, it does not mean she is against fairness.

"There is discrimination in every corner of this globe, of some sort, people are discriminated against. And it's real. Is it appropriate for a local city government to decide protected classes? I just don't believe it is," Sue Parrigin said.

The city commissioner believes that she is representing the residents who put her in office.

"And overwhelmingly, the community voted to re-elect the existing commissioners and the Mayor. And the three that ran on it, were at the bottom of the ballot. So that tells me how the community feels," Parrigin.

Supporters look forward to the future of a Fairness Ordinance in the area.

"Any time that we can have a discussion on it, will be a good thing. Whether it's in working session, or back on the floor where it rightfully belongs for another attempt at a first reading, followed by a second reading, with a vote to pass it," Minter added.

The Fairness Ordinance is on the City Commissioner's working agenda for March 7th.