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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?"


CPC Holds Town Meeting on LGBT Rights January 20, 2015

CPC Holds Town Meeting on LGBT Rights
DATE: January 20, 2015
CONTACT: Richard Nelson (270) 719-1640

(Murray, KY)—Tonight the Commonwealth Policy Center will hold a town meeting at Murray State University on the implications of elevating sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) to civil rights status. The Murray City Council was asked to enact a SOGI law in December but met opposition from local residents.

Richard Nelson, executive director of the nonpartisan public policy group, will address the proposed ordinance and said that most people are unaware of what it would do to religious freedom and the rights of private employers. “When the public understands the arbitrary nature of the law and considers that there have been no documented cases of SOGI discrimination in Murray, they end up opposing it.”

“Significant policy proposals should be accompanied by robust debate, mutual respect, and an attempt at better understanding,” Nelson said. “Unfortunately, those who oppose such laws have been demonized and caricatured as close-minded and bigoted. This meeting aims to change that perception.”
The meeting begins at 6 PM tonight at the Curris Center Stables room. There will be a time of question and answer afterward.  

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