Commonwealth Policy Center

25 years ago, Louisville passed the first Fairness Ordinance in Kentucky. The law carved out special protections based on sexual behavior. Critics contended then as they do now that the laws were unnecessary and more of a political rallying cry. Nearly two dozen Kentucky cities have followed suit and passed similar laws, but the laws are rarely invoked. This is because discrimination based on sexual orientation is rare. But the laws have been found to threaten religious freedom. Two years ago, a federal judge ruled that the ordinance violated the religious liberty of a Christian wedding photographer in Louisville, and part of the law is in question. Laws should seek the common good, not serve an ideological agenda, as Louisville’s ordinance does.