March 15, 2016 at 4:46 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Kentucky Senate passes ‘License to Discriminate’ bill

Kentucky, gay news, Washington Blade

The Kentucky Senate on March 15, 2016, approved a bill that critics contend would nullify local LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances. (Photo by Gage Skidmore; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

The Kentucky Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would expand the state’s religious freedom bill.

Senate Bill 180, which critics have dubbed the “License to Discriminate” bill, passed by a 22-16 vote margin.

The Human Rights Campaign last month described SB 180 as an “outrageous bill that could allow individuals and businesses in the state to pick and choose which laws they follow in order to be able to discriminate against the LGBT community.” Critics also contend the measure would nullify LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances in Lexington, Louisville and six other Kentucky cities.

The Fairness Campaign, which opposes SB 180, on Tuesday urged members of the Kentucky House of Representatives to oppose the measure.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

  • This is just like how they, (DJ Khaled they), treat the bible.. whatever, start creating more LGBT businesses!

  • Plenty of other businesses that would be happy to pick up the business of LGBT, also elections here vote them out!!

  • Well, at least the bill is honest in being labeled as a license to “discriminate”. Often these religious freedom bills try and dupe people by saying it’s not about discrimination.

  • As the late, great Julian Bond counseled, we need to persistently build upon all three legs of LGBT civil rights strategy… education, legislation and litigation.

    Time to go back to the courts to overturn these lame assaults on Marriage Equality.

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