WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed November 24, 2004
Group Campaigns Against Ordinance
Louisville, KY – A group in Louisville is sending out mailings and flyers in opposition to a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance.
The group is led by conservative activist Frank Simon, who claims the measure before the Louisville metro council would give homosexuals special rights in seeking jobs, including in public schools.
Dan Johnson is the sponsor of the proposed ordinance. He says the claim isn't true.
School administrator Bill Eckels agreed. Eckels says the ordinance wouldn't affect the school system in the hiring of teachers.
Johnson says the proposal is the same as the old Jefferson County civil right ordinance, which has been in place since 1999. It prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, family status, age, disability, sex, gender identity or sexual orientation in hiring, housing and accomodations.