Henderson, Ky. council to have first vote on fairness ordinance tonight
HENDERSON, Ky. — The city council in Henderson will consider the first reading of a fairness ordinance at its meeting tonight.
According to the Henderson Gleaner, the ordinance is aimed at barring discrimination because of gender identity or orientation in employment, housing and public accommodations.
A draft version was presented during a meeting earlier this year. However, the Gleaner reported, the version being read tonight includes wording from Kentucky’s version of the Religious Restoration Rights Act.
From the Gleaner:
As stated in the new version of the Fairness Ordinance, “The City of Henderson is prohibited from substantially burdening a person’ s freedom of religion … Accordingly, where a person, by action or inaction, violates the provisions of Chapter 10 of the City’s Code of Ordinances due to a sincerely held religious belief, the individual or entity alleging the violation must prove by clear and convincing evidence that the City has a compelling governmental interest in infringing the specific act or refusal to act and has used the least restrictive means to further that interest to establish the existence of the violation.”