Update: The effort to pass a fairness ordinance failed to receive a vote at Tuesday's Bowling Green City Commission. You can read about that here.
When the Bowling Green City Commission meets Tuesday, it will be a historic moment for members of the LGBT community.
For the first time, a fairness ordinance will be on the agenda that would make it illegal to discriminate against someone because of their gender identity and sexual orientation.
Members of the local LGBT community and supporters have spent years making speeches, delivering petitions, and holding rallies in support of extending civil rights protections to individuals based on their gender identity and sexual orientation. Commissioner Slim Nash is fulfilling a campaign promise by introducing the ordinance.
“I have come to believe whole-heartedly that there is a problem," Nash told WKU Public Radio. "I’ve met many people who are willing to share their story with me, but who are reluctant to share their story with the larger public out of fear.”
Nash’s proposal before the Bowling Green City Commission would add lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender individuals to the city's current law that prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, age, color, and nationality.