Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Two Kentucky cities are considering ordinances that would make sexual orientation a civil right.  The city of Henderson had a "Fairness" ordinance on the books 20 years ago, but the unpopular law led to the defeat of key commissioners and it was eventually rescinded. Now they're considering it again later today. Bowling Green is also considering a similar measure tomorrow. The proposals would make same-sex behavior and crossdressing a civil right similar to race, ethnicity and gender protected by law. This means that the strong arm of government could be used against business owners who run their businesses according to their religious convictions. In some case, Fairness ordinances have been used to coerce people in the public arena to violate their conscience. And when this happens, it's not really fair to anyone.