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With a vote of 4-1 on January 9, Paducah (population 25,145) became the ninth Kentucky city to adopt a Fairness Ordinance, prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations against LGBTQ people. More than 250 residents packed city hall for the vote, which made Paducah the only city in Western Kentucky with LGBTQ discrimination protections!
Mayor Brandi Harless, Mayor Pro Tem Sandra Wilson, and Commissioners Sarah Stewart Holland and Allan Rhodes voted in favor of the measure. The lone vote of dissent came from Commissioner Richard Abraham, who also offered a broad religious exemption amendment for business owners. After debate, Commissioner Abraham’s amendment failed 4-1.
Paducah joins eight other Kentucky cities that have passed similar LGBT Fairness Ordinances, including Covington (2003), Danville (2014), the state capital Frankfort (2013), Lexington (1999), Louisville (1999), Midway (2015), Morehead (2013), and the small Appalachian town of Vicco (2013).
Chris Hartman, Director
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