Kentucky county, city trying to pass fairness ordinance


OWENSBORO — Daviess County, and its county seat Owensboro, are both seeing renewed efforts to pass a fairness ordinance.

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reported Tuesday that the Owensboro-Daviess County Fairness Campaign would be submitting proposals to both the Owensboro City Commission and the Daviess Fiscal Court.

The newspaper reported that the proposal would be submitted to the city council on Nov. 17 and the fiscal court on Nov. 19.

A fairness ordinance would add orientation and gender identity to the local human rights ordinance. Businesses and the county judge-executive expressed support for the ordinance back in the spring, but county commissioners have stated their opposition. The proposal was first submitted to the fiscal court in November 2019.

Deanna Endicott-Smith, former chair of the campaign, said presenting it to both government bodies at almost the same time was intentional.

“We are intentionally presenting to both that week,” she told the Messenger-Inquirer. “We are realistic and don’t expect (county) Commissioners (George) Wathen or (Charlie) Castlen to change their positions, but we aren’t going to sit and wait for the county to make a decision. We want to give the city an opportunity to pass it.”

The newspaper reported that the last attempt ended in April when the fiscal court tied 2-2 on passing the ordinance. It also reported that three candidates for Owensboro mayor support the ordinance.



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