83% of KENTUCKIANS SUPPORT STATEWIDE FAIRNESS PROTECTIONS
A nearly 20-point gain in support since 2004!
Just over 50 years ago, Kentucky became the civil rights leader in the South when it passed the 1960 Human Rights Act.
Since then, cities like Lexington, Louisville, and Covington have all worked tirelessly to honor this legacy by enacting fairness ordinances – laws that ensure everyone in our commonwealth has equal protection.
A recent poll shows us Kentuckians continue to believe that everyone should be afforded the opportunity to earn a living, put a roof over their heads, and have dinner at their favorite restaurant without being turned away just because someone doesn’t like who they are.
83% of registered Kentucky voters agree that gay and transgender people should be protected from discrimination in the workplace, in housing, and in restaurants or other forms of public accommodations
The survey results confirm what we hear in talking to our neighbors throughout the state – Kentuckians want to be fair but many have no idea that employers can legally fire people for being gay or transgender or deny them housing or service in a restaurant.
Public opinion has come a long way since the last available data in 2004, when only 65% of voters supported these same non-discrimination protections. And while providing the same legal protections for gay couples as straight couples lags in the polls – currently 70% support compared to 63% in 2004 – Kentuckians believe in fairness for hardworking gay and transgender employees who simply want to earn a living and provide for their families, just like everybody else.