Paducah, Ky. passes pro-LGBTQ ordinance

PADUCAH — Paducah, a small city in far western Kentucky, has passed a LGBTQ rights ordinance with a vote of 4-1.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that the city council passed the ordinance on Tuesday.

From the Courier-Journal:

In a 4-1 vote of Paducah city leaders on Tuesday evening, the western Kentucky town of around 25,000 people joined nine other cities in the state who have fairness ordinances, explicit laws that prohibit discrimination in housing and public services to the LGBT community.

“It was a historic night in Paducah and western Kentucky,” said Chris Hartman, the director of the Fairness Campaign. “I think we’ll see a trend of this passing in other cities down the line.”

Other cities that have a Fairness Ordinance in Kentucky include Covington, Danville, Frankfort, Lexington, Louisville, Midway, Morehead and Vicco, according to Hartman.

City Commissioner Richard Abraham was the only vote against Paducah’s ordinance on Tuesday night, according to a press release from the Fairness Campaign. Abraham’s attempted to pass a religious exemption amendment for business owners, which was shut down.

The Fairness Campaign showed large crowds at the city council meeting on their Facebook page.