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Group pushing for anti-discrimination ordinance in Shelby County

Chris Hartman Chris Hartman

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

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

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

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

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

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