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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - "New Albany anti-discrimination law draws raves from Kentucky"

Grace Schneider reports today in the Louisville Courier Journal:

The New Albany City Council adopted a non-discrimination ordinance earlier this summer and created a human-rights commission to help enforce the measure.

But while the ordinance received unanimous approval from the city council, the move — initiated by newly elected Councilman Greg Phipps — largely flew under the radar. * * *

New Albany’s new law bans discrimination in employment, education, housing and public accommodations based on an individual’s actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status, or disability. * * *

Kentucky’s Fairness Coalition, a group of organizations that includes the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky and various groups that work to advance equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Kentucky residents, noted in a press release this week that New Albany is the only Indiana city bordering Kentucky with an inclusive non-discrimination law.

Only the cities of Louisville, Lexington and Covington have enacted non-discrimination fairness ordinances that include sexual orientation and gender identity. The group noted that Berea, Ky., also established a human-rights commission last year as a step toward fairness protections.

The New Albany council’s action makes the city the seventh Indiana municipality with discrimination protections inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity, along with Evansville, Indianapolis and Marion County, Bloomington and Monroe County, and Lafayette, West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County. The group noted that each has similar non-discrimination laws on the books.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 23, 2012 10:59 AM
Posted to Indiana Government