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Tiny Appalachian city enacts gay rights ordinance

Jan. 14, 2013 @ 03:47 PM

VICCO, Ky. (AP) — A tiny city in southeastern Kentucky has enacted a gay-rights ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The city commission of Vicco in southern Perry County passed the new law on Monday. A statement from the Fairness Coalition, an affiliation of Kentucky groups that focuses on gay rights, says the Appalachian town is just the fourth city in the state to pass a law aimed at protecting gays from discrimination.

Three of four commissioners voted in favor of the ordinance, which bans discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations in the city of about 330 residents.

City Attorney Eric Ashley says the community believes all people should be treated fairly.

The Fairness Coalition says Louisville, Lexington and Covington have also passed similar anti-discrimination ordinances.