Tuesday night, the Berea City Council held the second and final public hearing on an ordinance that would protect gay and transgender individuals from discrimination. After hearing public opinion, the council will decide on Monday whether or not it will take a vote on the ordinance. The Louisville-based Fairness Campaign has been working for months to see the measure passed. Chris Hartman is the group’s director.
“They moved to the gymnasium because they knew it’d be a large turnout and there were 250 people there at least,” Hartman said. ”And 35 individuals spoke for Fairness and 11 individuals spoke against it.”
Berea would join Lexington, Louisville, and Covington as cities that have similar fairness ordinances. If the council decides to take the bill to a vote, it will most likely occur within a month.