Elsmere City Council passes LGBTQ equity ordinance

Elsmere City Council passes LGBTQ equity ordinance

click to enlarge Elsmere City Council passed a Fairness Ordinance, which protects LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.  - PHOTO: TIM BIELER

Photo: Tim Bieler

Elsmere City Council passed a Fairness Ordinance, which protects LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

Elsmere, in northern Kentucky, has become the 24th municipality in the state to adopt an Equity Ordinance, which protects LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.

Led by council member Aaron Moore, the council voted 4-1 to approve the ordinance, making Elsmere the fourth city in Kenton County to adopt the ordinance. That brings the total population covered by the Fairness Ordinances in Kenton County to almost 38%, with just over 31% of Kentucky residents covered statewide.

According to the Fairness Campaign website, the following Kentucky cities have already passed Fairness Ordinances:

  • Louisville (1999)
  • Lexington (1999)
  • Covington (2003)
  • Vic (2013)
  • Frankfurt (2013)
  • More Head (2013)
  • Danville (2014)
  • Halfway (2015)
  • Paducah (2018)
  • Maysville (2018)
  • Henderson (2019)
  • Dayton (2019)
  • georgetown (2019)
  • Versailles (2019)
  • Bellevue (2019)
  • Highland Heights (2019)
  • Fort Thomas (2020)
  • Woodford County (2020)
  • Cold Spring (2020)
  • New Harbor (2020)
  • Crescent Springs (2021)
  • August (2021)
  • Fort Mitchell (2021)

Chris Hartman, executive director of the Fairness Campaign, said it’s up to local governments to protect citizens as the Kentucky General Assembly continues to refuse to act on the Fairness Laws statewide in the Senate and House. Kentucky.

“We have had another exciting victory for LGBTQ rights in the city of Elsmere, proving once again that equal rights is a small town value,” said Hartman. “We hope this continued progress will inspire the Kentucky General Assembly to act on a statewide Fairness Act.”

This story was originally published by CityBeat’s sister newspaper, LEO Weekly.

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