Frankfort, KY (PRWEB) February 23, 2009
On Wednesday, February 25th, the largest coalition ever assembled will lobby the Kentucky Capitol for gay rights and then hold a rally in the Capitol Rotunda later that afternoon. "This is by far the largest coalition ever assembled," stated Kentucky Equality Federation President Jordan Palmer.
Kentucky's gay rights organizations, Kentucky Equality Federation (statewide), Kentucky Fairness Alliance (statewide), Fairness Campaign (Louisville), Lexington Fairness (Lexington), will be joined by the ACLU of Kentucky, Jefferson County Foster Care Adoptive Association, Kentucky Alliance Against Racial and Political Oppression (Louisville), Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Lambda Legal, Libertarian Party of Kentucky, Metropolitan Housing Coalition (Louisville), National Association of Social Workers (Kentucky Chapter), Pulaski County Young Democrats, and the Progressive Democrats of America (Western Kentucky Chapter).
On February 5th, Kentucky Senator Sen. Gary Tapp (R) filed a bill to prevent single people, or people in a marriage 'not recognized by the Commonwealth of Kentucky' from adopting children or serving as foster parents.
"This is a time in Kentucky's history that every organization and individual must put differences aside and work together to finally secure the 1st Step of Equality for Kentucky: a statewide law to protect LGBTI people from discrimination in housing, credit, accommodations, and employment," stated Palmer. "While we know the climb to secure equality in Kentucky is very steep, with activists like Craig Cammack, a person who created a Facebook profile to oppose Kentucky Senate Bill 68 and quickly recruited over 4,000 members, we will make an impact."
Senate Bill 68 appears to be stalled in Committee. "Even if the Senate passes the measure before the end of the legislative session, it is highly unlikely the House will pass it," added Palmer.
Kentucky Equality Federation is an umbrella name used to describe Federation for Kentucky Equality, Inc., Kentucky Equality Coalition, Inc., and Kentucky Equality PAC.
Kentucky Equality Federation is the sponsor of Marriage Equality Kentucky. For additional information, visit http://www.marriageequalityky.org.
Kentucky Equality Federation is a member of the International Lesbian and Gay Association ("ILGA"). Composed of over 600 member organizations around the world, ILGA is to this day the only international non-profit and non-governmental community-based federation dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people at the United Nations.