- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Officials in Danville have given preliminary approval to an ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (https://bit.ly/1uYELhy) reports City Commission members voted 4-1 in favor of the so-called fairness ordinance.

Officials must give the proposal a final approval before it becomes law. It is set to be discussed again on May 27.

If commissioners approve it, Danville would become the seventh Kentucky city to have a fairness ordinance. It would join Lexington, Louisville, Covington, Frankfort, Morehead and Vicco.

Danville Mayor Bernie Hunstad voted against the ordinance, saying it was unnecessary because the city already has laws to protect people from discrimination.

The vote on Monday came after commissioners tabled the measure in April to further review the proposal after getting public comment on it.

Before the vote, Cornerstone Assembly of God Pastor Tom Lane urged a “no” vote because he said the ordinance would “wield a club of intimidation against Christian business owners.”

After the vote, resident Jane Brantley expressed gratitude.

“I am almost overcome with emotion tonight and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your hard work, your courage, your perseverance, your willingness to listen to the community … ,” she said. “I thank you.”

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.com

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