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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 Looks Toward 2017 General Assembly Session November 28, 2016 by Brandon Porter

Commonwealth Policy Center Looks Toward the 2017 General Assembly Session
DATE: November 28, 2016
CONTACT:  Brandon Porter – (270) 576-1755

The 2017 General Assembly will see many changes in Frankfort.  For the first time in 95 years there will be a Republican majority in the Kentucky House of Representatives.  Richard Nelson, Executive Director of the Commonwealth Policy Center, says the Republican Party is made up of many constituencies which makes uniting a priority.  “You have those that are purely fiscal conservatives, those that are social conservatives, and then there’s libertarian strand.  As a party, the challenge is for them to come together and find unity within each of the different interests of the party.”

As the session unfolds, Nelson believes legislators should keep the pulse of the voters in mind, “The first thing they need to remember is what were the issues they campaigned on.  What were they talking to people about in the months leading up to the election?  Those are the issues that are on the minds of the people.  They shouldn’t forget what the people were thinking about.  Then, they need to take those concerns and issues to Frankfort.”

He believes many of the policies handed down over the last eight years generated a strong response from voters, “These are radical, far-left policies that have been imposed on the American people largely against their will.   This election was the result of the people saying, ‘Wait a minute!  This has gone too fast, too far and this is not what we signed up for.’  So they put a different party in power on the federal and state level.”

Nelson believes Kentuckians want change in fiscal and social policy, “I think any good representative, whether they’re in the House or the Senate, needs to be a student of politics and a student of the culture.  They need to understand what people are thinking.  They will do well to remember the events that led up to the election and the concerns of the voters and they need to take that to Frankfort.”

The 2017 General Assembly session begins in Frankfort on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

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