Politics: Two gay-related state bills and Kentuckians Value Fairness Day

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We have two bills affecting the GLBTQ community in Kentucky; one’s good and one’s straight-up ugly, but you can get involved in both.

equalityLet’s start with the bad. Senate Bill 68, proposed by state senator Gary Tapp from Shelbyville seeks to remove adoption rights for gay and lesbian couples and unmarried heterosexual couples. The bill is horribly similar to a measure passed in Arkansas last November that prohibited gays from adopting. Fairness Campaign dubbed the bill “Kids Lose Homes, Kentuckians Lose Millions Act” and points out its highly-deceptive wording, which eliminates foster care or adoption by individuals “cohabiting with a sexual partner outside of a marriage that is legally valid in Kentucky.” You can find your state senator by clicking here and call-in and express your disapproval of the bill. When talking with them, don’t be afraid to tell them why the bill is bad for Kentucky; mention that the measure will not only write  discrimination into state law but add an unnecessary burden to Kentucky’s budget woes, as the state will have to supplement millions for foster care. You can also watch the bill’s progress online (registration required).

House Bill 48 on the other hand would grant protections for gay and lesbian citizens in Kentucky. The bill, if approved, will amend KRS 403.720 to “include dating partners among the class of persons allowed to obtain domestic violence protective orders” and also amend KRS 431.005 to “reference the definition of ‘unmarried couple’ in KRS 403.720.” The HB 48 Action Group is asking people to call-in to Frankfort and encourage support of the bill. Starting tomorrow, you can dial 1-800-372-7181 Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Ask to speak with Kelly Flood, a member of the House Judiciary Committee and ally for fairness.

These bills lead up to one of the most important days of the year for political awareness and action: Kentuckians Value Fairness Day. On February 25th, Fairness Campaign, Kentucky Fairness Alliance, ACLU of Kentucky and a host of other GLBTQ and progressive organizations around the state will head to Frankfort for the entire day, rallying in the capitol building rotunda and speaking with local and state leaders for a bill prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on sexual orientation or gender. There will be more info about this later in the week, but you can details about the event here.

If you’ve never done anything political in your life, this is the perfect opportunity. You may go to Frankfort intimidated and skeptical about whether or not your local legislators actually care about gay issues, but you’ll leave the capitol energized and empowered with a feeling that you have, in your own way, made a difference. I cannot stress enough that many of them are very supportive of equal rights and are always interested in what their constituents have to say. If you have a personal story about discrimination or know someone who has been a victim, we need your voice! You won’t be alone, so join us!

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