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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?"


Governor Bevin's Active Pro-Life Stance in Year One December 15, 2016 by Brandon Porter

Governor Matt Bevin believes there have been good changes in the area of life during his first year in office.  Those changes include a bill requiring informed consent for an abortion, the closing of one abortion clinic in Kentucky due to the lack of appropriate oversight and keeping a clinic from opening in Louisville because they lacked appropriate paperwork.

Bevin says his strong pro-life stance is based on his agreement with the founding fathers, “The fact is that our founders recognized, very appropriately, that government does not dictate the importance of, significance of or value of someone’s life, but that it was endowed in us by our Creator.  It is an inalienable right.”

His views of life as an inalienable right lead him to believe that those with political power have a responsibility to protect life, “It is incumbent upon those in government to protect the most vulnerable among our population at both ends of the life spectrum including unborn children.”

While Bevin says it is not his intention to disrespect those with opposing views, he will be active in enforcing current laws concerning abortion rights, “I will do everything within my power, within the confines of the existing law, to ensure that we preserve and protect human life here in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”  He says because of his attention to current law, “We have indeed shut down two-thirds of the operating abortion clinics in this state by simply applying the law as it exists and that has been good for Kentucky.”

While Bevin says he does not have the authority to set priorities for the General Assembly, he believes action concerning pro-life bills will occur in the 2017 session.


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