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Group pushing for anti-discrimination ordinance in Shelby County

Chris Hartman Chris Hartman

SHELBY COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – Several ShelbyCounty residents gathered to show support for an anti-discrimination ordinance,despite the date for the meeting being changed.

Thursday, a meeting involving theShelbyville Fairness City Council was scheduled to take place at ShelbyvilleCity Hall, but the meeting date had been moved up to the previous Tuesday.

A representative from the Lexington Fair HousingCouncil was slated to be in attendance at the meeting to offer financial,training and investigative assistance to the city should the city pass a Fairnessordinance.

"Shelbyville is one of the many cities across the statewhere there are grassroots movements of folks looking to pass a localanti-discrimination fairness law that would prohibit discrimination in employmenthousing a public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity,"explained Chris Hartman, the director of the Fairness Campaign. "Currently itis still legal in Shelbyville to fire someone from their job, deny them a placeto live or kick them off a bus or out of a park if someone thinks they'relesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender."

Hartman said even though nothing was decided Thursday, the group is hoping to hear a decision orstatement from the city council in the near future.

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