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Paducah City Commission Considers Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Language
Date: December 19, 2017
Contact: Richard Nelson (270) 271-2713


Paducah, KY—  A Kentucky organization that advocates for religious freedom is asking the Paducah City Commission to drop sexual orientation and gender identity language from its proposed revision of the human rights ordinance. Richard Nelson, executive director of the Commonwealth Policy told Greg Dunker on his Tuesday morning radio program that the ordinance isn't needed. 
"How many documented cases of this kind of discrimination are going on in Paducah?" Nelson asked. "If there is no discrimination going on, why is the language needed?" Nelson points out that including sexual orientation and gender identity into local human rights laws is often used to coerce and bully those run their business according to their religious principles.
Bakers, florists and photographers have been fined and some threatened with jail time for refusing to provide their goods or services for homosexual weddings. "To be clear, we're not talking about declining service to an individual," Nelson said. "We're talking about an event that many believe to have religious significance." He added that "nobody is for unjust discrimination, but what about the unjustly punishing business owners for their deeply held religious convictions?"


Commonwealth Policy Center Calls on Kentucky State House to Defund Planned Parenthood February 3, 2016

Commonwealth Policy Center Calls on Kentucky State House to Defund Planned Parenthood
DATE: February 3, 2016
CONTACT: Richard Nelson
PHONE: (270) 271-2713

(Frankfort, KY) The Commonwealth Policy Center (CPC) praised the Kentucky State Senate for passing Senate Bill 7, which would bar state or local funds from going to organizations that offer abortion services. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 33-5 on Tuesday and is now on its way to the state House.

CPC Executive Director Richard Nelson, is calling on members of the Kentucky State House to take action. "It's time for the state House to prevent public funds from going to groups that are involved with abortion,"  Nelson said.  "Why would the state want to have a relationship with any organization that is involved with the killing of future Kentuckians?"

Planned Parenthood affiliates in Louisville and Lexington, which would be impacted most by the bill, are slated to receive $331,000 public dollars in fiscal year 2016. Technically, they are federal dollars, but they are funneled through the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.  "There are other community based health clinics that offer the same services the state intends to provide without offering controversial abortions," Nelson said. "We hope the House moves quickly on the bill."

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