AP -- Kentucky Supreme Court justices are scheduled to hear oral arguments in a case over a company's refusal to print T-shirts for a gay-pride festival due to religious beliefs. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the arguments on Friday will help the court decide whether or not the company, Hands on Originals, violated a Lexington ordinance. The Lexington Human Rights Commission ruled that the company violated an ordinance that outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Credit Lisa Autry. The Bowling Green City Commission is set to hear the first reading of a set of civil rights measures known as a "fairness ordinance" at its meeting Tuesday. The proposal would prohibit discrimination in housing, employment and public accomodations on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
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Members of the LGBT community and their supporters want a judge in south central Kentucky to resign over his opposition to gay adoptions. Judge Mitchell Nance, a family court judge for Barren and Metcalfe counties, has recused himself from presiding over adoptions by homosexual parents. His announcement has drawn a range of opinions, some calling for him to step down from the bench.
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Kailee Parker, 8, of Bowling Green, Ky. One of several drag performers danced in front of an audience consisting of hundreds of parents, children, teenagers, WKU students, faculty and staff. The audience sang along, holding their hands up, bobbing their heads and clapping at Bowling Green's second annual pride festival at Circus Square Park.
The Municipal Equality Index MEIthe only nationwide rating system of LGBT inclusion in municipal law and policy, shows that cities across the country, including in Kentucky, continue to take the lead in supporting LGBT people and workers, even when states and the federal government have not. For LGBT Americans, legal protections and benefits vary widely from state to state, and city to city. Astonishingly, in 31 states LGBT people are still at risk of being fired, denied housing or refused service because of who they are, and who they love.
Tim Seelig and joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, the tour brings a message of music, love, and acceptance to communities and individuals confronting intolerance. Over singers travelled from Mississippi to Tennessee through the Carolinas and over the bridge in Selma. They performed in churches, community centers, and concert halls in hopes of uniting us in a time of difference.
Some supporters of greater LGBT inclusion were in tears, while others vented their anger after delegates, on a vote, defeated a proposal that would have let regional and local church bodies decide for themselves on gay-friendly policies. It changes very little at this point about what we do here in Bowling Green. It gives us an opportunity to actually be something distinctive and different.