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February, 2018

Paducah Passes LGBT Fairness Ordinance; 9th Kentucky City with LGBT Discrimination Protections

Paducah Passes LGBT Fairness Ordinance; 9th Kentucky City with LGBT Discrimination Protections
(Paducah, KY - January 9, 2018) With a vote of 4-1 tonight, Paducah (population 25,145) became the ninth Kentucky city to adopt a Fairness Ordinance, prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. More than 250 residents packed city hall for the vote, which makes Paducah the only city in Western Kentucky with LGBT discrimination protections
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November, 2017

Anti-LGBTQ KY Judge Mitchell Nance Resigns

Anti-LGBTQ KY Judge Mitchell Nance Resigns
(Louisville, KY, October 26, 2017) - Yesterday Kentucky Family Court Judge W. Mitchell Nance notified Governor Matthew G. Bevin and the Commonwealth of Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission of his resignation. In May, Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Kentucky, Kentucky's Fairness Campaign, and University of Louisville Law Professor Sam Marcosson filed a complaint against Judge Nance for violating Kentucky's Code of Judicial Conduct by recusing himself from any adoption proceedings involving lesbian, gay, and bisexual people.
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June, 2017

Advocacy Groups File Ethics Complaint Against Kentucky Judge Refusing Adoptions to Same-Sex Couples

Advocacy Groups File Ethics Complaint Against Kentucky Judge Refusing Adoptions to Same-Sex Couples
(Louisville, KY, May 16, 2017) - Today Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Kentucky, Kentucky's Fairness Campaign, and University of Louisville Law Professor Sam Marcosson filed a complaint against Judge W. Mitchell Nance for violating Kentucky's Code of Judicial Conduct by recusing himself from any adoption proceedings involving lesbian, gay, and bisexual people.  
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Over a Dozen KY Communities to Host LGBTQ Pride Events

Over a Dozen KY Communities to Host LGBTQ Pride Events
(Louisville, KY) More of Kentucky will be celebrating LGBTQ Pride this year than ever before. More than a dozen communities across the commonwealth are set to host LGBTQ Pride Festivals and events, beginning this weekend as the Pride Month of June commences, and running through October with the first-ever Bowing Green Pride and Capital Pride in Frankfort.
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February, 2017

Anti-LGBT 'License to Discriminate' & 'Bathroom Bill' Filed in KY House

Anti-LGBT 'License to Discriminate' & 'Bathroom Bill' Filed in KY House
(Frankfort, KY - January 4, 2017) Two anti-LGBT bills were filed on the first day of the Kentucky General Assembly--a "License to Discriminate" House Bill 105 and anti-transgender "Bathroom Bill" House Bill 106. Both measures were filed by Middlesboro Democrat Representative Rick Nelson. They come on the heels of critical statements from Republican Governor Matt Bevin, who recently eschewed anti-transgender bathroom legislation, calling it "silly" and "unnecessary." Similarly, newly-elected Republican House Speaker Jeff Hoover has repeatedly reiterated his focus on legislation that fosters economic expansion and job growth over anti-LGBT measures.
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September, 2016

Jury Finds Gleaves Guilty of 2nd Degree Manslaughter in Murder of Transgender Victim, Papi Edwards

Jury Finds Gleaves Guilty of 2nd Degree Manslaughter in Murder of Transgender Victim, Papi Edwards
(Louisville, KY - August 11, 2016) After six hours of deliberation, a jury has found Henry Richard Gleaves, II guilty of Second Degree Manslaughter in the shooting death of Papi Edwards, who presented as a transgender female the morning she was shot by Gleaves at the Fern Valley Hotel in Louisville January 9, 2015. The jury had the option to find Gleaves guilty of more serious offenses, including Intentional Murder, First Degree Manslaughter, and First Degree Manslaughter with the Intent to Injure. The jury also found Gleaves guilty of Tampering with Evidence for instructing his then-girlfriend to dispose of his cell phone from jail.
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April, 2016

'License to Discriminate' Passes KY Senate 22-16

'License to Discriminate' Passes KY Senate 22-16
(Frankfort, KY - March 15, 2016) Though both Senate Democrats and Republicans spoke against Kentucky's "License to Discriminate," Senate Bill 180, the measure passed the full chamber with a 22-16 vote. Five Senate Republicans joined all 11 Senate Democrats in opposing the bill, which seeks to subvert LGBT discrimination protections in eight Kentucky cities. Republican Senators voting in opposition include Senator Carroll Gibson, Senator Alice Forgy Kerr, Senator Christian McDaniel, Senator Julie Raque Adams, and Senator Wil Schroder.
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KY Senate Unanimously Approves One Marriage License Form

KY Senate Unanimously Approves One Marriage License Form
(Frankfort, KY - April 1, 2016) This afternoon the Kentucky Senate unanimously approved a single marriage license form, a move in stark contrast to a divisive vote on the same issue several weeks ago. The Senate had previously approved Senate Bill 5, a measure introduced by Senator Stephen West (R-Paris) that would have created separate marriage license forms for gay and straight couples in Kentucky. Senator Morgan McGarvey (D-Louisville) originally proposed an amendment to Senate Bill 5, which would have created a single form, but was rejected after heated debate 23-15.
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March, 2016

'License to Discriminate' Passes KY Senate Committee

'License to Discriminate' Passes KY Senate Committee
(Frankfort, KY - Febrary 25, 2016) A "License to Discriminate" bill that would sanction discrimination against LGBT Kentuckians passed out of the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee this morning. Senate Bill 180, introduced by Senator Albert Robinson of London, seeks to gut local LGBT Fairness Ordinances passed by eight Kentucky cities. Those cities include Covington, Danville, the State Capital Frankfort, Lexington, Louisville, Midway, Morehead, and the small Appalachian town of Vicco.
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