- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) - Residents of a western Kentucky town are voicing their opinions on whether a gay rights ordinance should be adopted.

WPSD-TV (https://bit.ly/1AaZiQN) reports a majority of comments at a public forum on Monday were in favor of an ordinance that would change the city’s human rights ordinance so that it offered protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Others argued that the change wasn’t needed or disagreed with how the proposed ordinance was worded.

The Murray Human Rights Commission voted unanimously in favor of the proposal, but the Murray City Council would need to approve it before it would become law.

“The city of Murray has changed a lot in four decades, but this ordinance hasn’t,” said Murray Human Rights Commission Chair Jody Randall.

Those who supported the proposal gave varied reasons, and many shared personal stories.

“I just want to know that my sexual orientation is not going to prevent me from using the education I’m getting at Murray State,” said student Michele Sumner.

“All lives matter, regardless of how any one group or entity may choose to feel about those lives on a personal level,” said Tracie Gilbert.

Others argued against the ordinance.

“I don’t want to bring sexuality into the work place,” said Barry Morris, “I don’t want the pressure on me, as a business manager, to feel like I have to hire someone when and if I find out they are homosexual or transgender.”

Some small businesses representatives said it would cause distractions in the work place.

Seven other cities in Kentucky have adopted ordinances that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation: Danville, Frankfort, Lexington, Louisville, Morehead, Covington and Vicco.

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Information from: WPSD-TV, https://www.wpsdlocal6.com

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