Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Paducah became the ninth Kentucky city to make sexual orientation and gender identity a civil right. The move was controversial. Several speakers warned about similar ordinances that were used to punish business owners who tried to do their business according to their religious beliefs. Yet Paducah's City Commission voted for it anyway. The move is bad policy. In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court is considering a case where a similar law was used to hurt a Colorado baker, and it may be overturned. But there is a silver lining here. I saw a community wake up to the importance of local government and public policy. I saw people from the Christian community engaging people with the LGBT community. And I saw civil conversations over a very difficult issue.