The City of Maysville Board of Commissioners passed ordinance amendments that add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes in its human rights and housing ordinances.

The Maysville Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to adopt the ordinances this evening, which make it the 10th city in the state to include these groups along with race, age, sex, disability and religion to their human rights ordinances.

“We are pleased that Maysville has joined with other progressive cities around the Commonwealth by adopting a Fairness Ordinance,” said Mayor David Cartmell. “I wish to commend the Human Rights Commission for the dedication and diligence in crafting this legislation.”

The Maysville Commission on Human Rights has worked for more than a year with the city attorney to research and draft the legislation, which also balances the right to religious practices.

“The passing of this Fairness Ordinance by the City of Maysville has shown that we value and respect and protect of all human beings who choose to live and work in our community,” said Mike Thomas, Human Rights Commission chairperson.

Commission on Human Rights research included seeking information and advice from the Fairness Campaign, whose primary goal is comprehensive civil rights legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and to dismantle systemic racism.

“We’re incredibly excited to welcome Maysville as Kentucky’s tenth city to adopt a LGBTQ anti-discrimination Fairness Ordinance. By doing so, the city’s leadership has affirmed that basic dignity of all who live in and visit Maysville, and sent a public signal that their community’s doors are open to all, including LGBTQ people and their families” said Chris Hartman, executive director of the Fairness Campaign. “They now join Covington, Danville, Frankfort, Lexington, Louisville, Midway, Morehead, Paducah, and the small Appalachian town of Vicco with LGBTQ Fairness Ordinances in Kentucky.”

The Commission on Human Rights’ newest and youngest member, Ellen Cartmell had this to say, “I am incredibly proud of Maysville for passing this fairness ordinance. It proves what so many of us already knew to be true about our city: that we are welcoming, we’re forward-thinking, and we care about our neighbors.” 


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