Louisville Area Churches Unite In Support Of Adult Entertainment Ordinance

(LOUISVILLE, March 12th, 2004, 4 p.m.) -- A group of Louisville area pastors and church leaders have united recently to urge the city support the Adult Entertainment Ordinance, a piece of legislation that the Metro Council has been considering, and has now been signed into law by Mayor Abramson.

The ordinance will place new restrictions, and enforce some that were already on the books, on sexually oriented businesses in Louisville. Among the restrictions are a mandatory closing time of no later than 1:00 a.m., and a prohibition keeping such businesses from renewing their liquor licenses once current licenses expire.

The group of leaders represents a wide range of denominations, including: Clay Calloway, of the Interdenominational Ministerial Coalition; Bob Russell, senior pastor of Southeast Christian Church; Thomas Kelly, archbishop of Louisville; and several other prominent leaders in the area.

These men have all signed their names to a letter to the Mayor, stating, "We know similar ordinances have been used successfully in other cities. We urge you to spare no effort to enforce and defend this ordinance." The letter also commended the Mayor and Metro Council members for signing the ordinance, saying that it would "bring positive change to Metro Louisville that will protect family neighborhoods and, most importantly, our children."

"It's wonderful to see our city's leadership recognize the need for reasonable regulation of sexually oriented businesses to protect our families and our communities," says Cindee Coffee, Southeast Christian Administrator. "Our hope and prayer is that the Mayor and the Metro Council will continue to stand up for what is right-and what is good for our city."

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