It took a while, but this afternoon Mayor Greg Fischer finally asked Gov. Steve Beshear to veto the so-called “religious freedom bill,” HB 279.
Below is the very detailed letter in which Fischer calls the proposed law unnecessary, possibly unconstitutional, bad for business, and bad for civil rights protections, including Louisville’s LGBT fairness ordinances. The next to last paragraph pretty much sums it up:
“We are a compassionate city. We don’t need this proposed law, full of ambiguity and question, to prove our religious freedom and protect our citizens from some perceived threat. We have plenty of laws and a Constitution adopted by our citizens that proved us ample protections — now matter our faith, our profession, or our other rights and traits as human beings.”
The mayors of Covington and Louisville have now defended their fairness ordinances and civil rights from the completely phantom threat to “religious freedom.” Lexington Mayor Jim Gray…. are you going to finally weigh in?