House Speaker Greg Stumbo has cosponsored a bill that would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees from workplace discrimination.
Stumbo is one of 18 cosponsors backing the proposed legislation filed by Louisville Rep. Mary Lou Marzian.
The House Speaker says that his support for fairness coincides with his duty to uphold the constitution.
“I’ve never stood by and allowed people’s rights to be trampled in that manner. I don’t believe in it. I believe the constitution is exactly what it is: It requires that everybody be treated the same way regardless of your creed, color, national origin or sexual preference.”
Stumbo says that he thinks there’s increased support in his chamber for the bill compared to previous years.
A new report measuring the level of equality given to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Kentuckians shows some signs of improvement.
The Human Rights Campaign released its second annual Municipal Equality Index, which examined laws and policies that foster LGBT equality in nearly 300 American cities.
Four Kentucky cities were included in the report—Bowling Green, Frankfort, Louisville and Lexington. Although the cities scored below the national average, Fairness Campaign executive director Chris Hartman says the numbers show a substantial improvement over last year.
“Lexington made a big splash; Louisville improved its score by a number of points; and Frankfort went from zero points the previous year, one of I think only three cities that achieved a zero score in 2012, to making it on the map in 2013," said Hartman.
Hartman acknowledges there’s room for improvement, but says a recent law passed by the General Assembly undermining local fairness ordinances has not hurt his group’s efforts.