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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 Response to Instant Racing Announcement September 15, 2017 by Richard Nelson



Subject: Expanded Gambling in Christian and Knox Counties

Date: September 15, 2017

Contact: Richard Nelson, Executive Director, 270-719-1640


On Friday, September 15, 2017, leaders from Churchill Downs, Keeneland and other related horse racing organizations announced their plans to expand gambling into eastern and western Kentucky.  While we appreciate their desire to strengthen the state’s economy, we strongly disagree with their method.


Richard Nelson, Executive Director of the Commonwealth Policy Center says, “This announcement is premature due to the pending legal case concerning instant racing in Franklin Circuit Court and the fact that the 2016 General Assembly rejected a bill to establish the regulatory framework for instant racing in Kentucky.”


Nelson believes this type of gambling is very different than live horse racing because it’s available every day, it’s more addictive, and casino-style gambling acts as a drain on local economies.  


Alan Mallach, a former Senior Fellow at the Center for Community Progress in New York, told the Lexington Herald-Leader, “Casino gambling does not create a single new dollar. Every dollar dropped into a slot machine is a dollar not spent on something else. It’s not like you've got an auto plant and you're building cars to be shipped and sold around the world.”


In a 2012 article in U.S. News and World Reports, John Warren Kindt, Professor of Business and Legal Policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says, “Sports gambling is also known as the "gateway drug" to gambling addiction.”


“This may seem like a good idea to casino interests,” Nelson said. “But the best version of Kentucky doesn’t put our families at risk.”


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