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Petitioning Kentucky House of Representatives Representative Johnny Bell and 34 others
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This petition will be delivered to:
Kentucky House of Representatives
Representative Johnny Bell
Kentucky House of Representatives
Senior Representative Jimmie Lee
Kentucky Senate
Senator Kathy W. Stein
Kentucky House of Representatives
Representative Jim Stewart
Kentucky House of Representatives
Representative Lonnie Napier
Kentucky House of Representatives
Senior Representative Tom Burch
Commonwealth of Kentucky Office of the Governor
Governor's Communications Office
Kentucky House of Representatives
Representative Carl Rollins
Kentucky House of Representatives
Representative Ron Crimm
Kentucky House of Representatives
Senior Representative Ruth Ann Palumbo
Minority Caucus Chair, Kentucky House of Representatives
Representative Bob M. DeWeese
Kentucky House of Representatives
Representative David Watkins
Kentucky House of Representatives
Representative David Osborne
Kentucky House of Representatives
Representative Rick G. Nelson
Kentucky Senate
Senator Alice Forgy Kerr
Kentucky House of Representatives
Representative Joni L. Jenkins
Kentucky House of Representatives
Representative Susan Westrom
Kentucky House of Representatives
Senior Representative Mary Lou Marzian
Kentucky House of Representatives
Representative Tom Riner
Speaker Pro Tem, Kentucky House of Representatives
Senior Representative Larry Clark
Kentucky House of Representatives
Representative Sannie Overly
Kentucky House of Representatives
Representative Dennis Horlander
Kentucky House of Representatives
Representative Tommy Turner
Kentucky Senate
Senior Senator Julian M. Carroll
Kentucky House of Representatives
Representative Kelly Flood
Former Speaker, Kentucky House of Representatives
Senior Representative Jody Richards
Kentucky House of Representatives
Senior Representative Jim Wayne
Kentucky House of Representatives
Representative Robert R. Damron
Kentucky House of Representatives
Representative Leslie Combs
Kentucky House of Representatives
Representative Charles Miller
Board of Directors
Kentucky Equality Federation
Kentucky House of Representatives
Representative Tommy Thompson
Kentucky State House
Kentucky State Senate
Kentucky Governor

Amend the Kentucky Civil Rights Act to include Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity!

The LGBTI community makes a significant contribution to the economic welfare of the Commonwealth and our entire Union.  This year, Kentucky Equality Federation has invested significant resources representing people across the Commonwealth who filed complaints with our Discrimination, Hate Crimes, and School Bullying Committee for being terminated because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Kentucky Civil Rights Act of 1966 as a protected class along with religion, smoking, disability, race, sex, ancestry, veteran status, and disability. We need an equality law the compass the entire Commonwealth! 

That's right, you cannot be terminated in Kentucky for being a smoker, but you can be terminated because of your sexual orientation or gender identity. 

In 2008 when Governor Steve Beshear signed Executive Order 2008-473 protecting LGBTI people from discrimination in Kentucky Government, he stated: "A person should be hired or dismissed on the basis of whether they can do the job. Experience, qualifications, talent and performance are what matter."  We completely agree, and the Governor's Exeuctive Order should be passed into law by the Kentucky Legislature.  As head of state and government, the Governor may issue executive orders on all branches of the Commonwealth and its government; executive orders carry to force of law on the Kentucky Government.  However, only the Kentucky Legislature may make discrimination against the LGBTI community illegal under public law.

In 1966, Kentucky became the 1st state in the South to pass a civil rights law.  The Commonwealth also became the first in the south to establish enforcement powers over civil rights violations on a state level.  The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights becomes the state enforcement authority of the Act.  

What happened to us? 

At what point did our great Commonwealth lose its leadership in the area of civil rights?  

The discrimination and exclusion of people because of the sexual orientation or gender identity undermine the integrity and dignity of our great Commonwealth.

"If you turn a blind eye and allow any government founded on our authority to trodden on fundamental civil liberties entitled to all citizens, you open a Pandora's Box to allow Governments to suppress additional civil liberties. Denial of civil rights to specific people is immoral regardless of how people try to justify it.  If history has taught us anything, it is that denial of human rights to one group of people leads to the denial of human rights to another." - Kentucky Equality Federation President Jordan Palmer


Letter to
Kentucky House of Representatives Representative Johnny Bell
Kentucky House of Representatives Senior Representative Jimmie Lee
Kentucky Senate Senator Kathy W. Stein
and 32 others
Kentucky House of Representatives Representative Jim Stewart
Kentucky House of Representatives Representative Lonnie Napier
Kentucky House of Representatives Senior Representative Tom Burch
Commonwealth of Kentucky Office of the Governor Governor's Communications Office
Kentucky House of Representatives Representative Carl Rollins
Kentucky House of Representatives Representative Ron Crimm
Kentucky House of Representatives Senior Representative Ruth Ann Palumbo
Minority Caucus Chair, Kentucky House of Representatives Representative Bob M. DeWeese
Kentucky House of Representatives Representative David Watkins
Kentucky House of Representatives Representative David Osborne
Kentucky House of Representatives Representative Rick G. Nelson
Kentucky Senate Senator Alice Forgy Kerr
Kentucky House of Representatives Representative Joni L. Jenkins
Kentucky House of Representatives Representative Susan Westrom
Kentucky House of Representatives Senior Representative Mary Lou Marzian
Kentucky House of Representatives Representative Tom Riner
Speaker Pro Tem, Kentucky House of Representatives Senior Representative Larry Clark
Kentucky House of Representatives Representative Sannie Overly
Kentucky House of Representatives Representative Dennis Horlander
Kentucky House of Representatives Representative Tommy Turner
Kentucky Senate Senior Senator Julian M. Carroll
Kentucky House of Representatives Representative Kelly Flood
Former Speaker, Kentucky House of Representatives Senior Representative Jody Richards
Kentucky House of Representatives Senior Representative Jim Wayne
Kentucky House of Representatives Representative Robert R. Damron
Kentucky House of Representatives Representative Leslie Combs
Kentucky House of Representatives Representative Charles Miller
Board of Directors Kentucky Equality Federation
Kentucky House of Representatives Representative Tommy Thompson
Kentucky State House
Kentucky State Senate
Kentucky Governor
As a citizen of the Commonwealth, I hereby request the Kentucky Legislature add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Kentucky Civil Rights Act of 1966 as a protected class along with religion, smoking, disability, race, sex, and disability.

The LGBTI community makes a significant contribution to the economic welfare of the Commonwealth and our entire Union. LGBTI people in the both the United States and the Commonwealth of Kentucky can be terminated because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. You cannot be terminated for being a smoker in Kentucky, but you can be terminated for being yourself.

In 1966, Kentucky became the 1st state in the South to pass a civil rights law. The Commonwealth also became the first in the south to establish enforcement powers over civil rights violations on a state level. The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights becomes the state enforcement authority of the Act.

What happened to us? At what point did our great Commonwealth lose its leadership in the area of civil rights?

Along with religion, smoking, disability, race, sex, ancestry, veteran status, and disability, No ONE should be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation.

Add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Kentucky Civil Rights Act of 1966 as a protected class along with religion, smoking, disability, race, sex, ancestry, veteran status, and disability. We need an equality law the compass the entire Commonwealth!

"If you turn a blind eye and allow any government founded on our authority to trodden on fundamental civil liberties entitled to all citizens, you open a Pandora's Box to allow Governments to suppress additional civil liberties. Denial of civil rights to specific people is immoral regardless of how people try to justify it. If history has taught us anything, it is that denial of human rights to one group of people leads to the denial of human rights to another." - Kentucky Equality Federation President Jordan Palmer

The discrimination and exclusion of people because of the sexual orientation or gender identity undermine the integrity and dignity of our great Commonwealth.

cc: Kentucky Equality Federation Board of Directors
cc: Jordan Palmer, President
cc: Josh Koch, Vice President of Policy & Public Relations
cc: Kentucky Equality Federation Ambassadors of Goodwill