Paducah council amends anti-discrimination ordinance

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Paducah officials have approved an amendment to an anti-discrimination ordinance to protect religious liberty.

The Paducah Sun reports the council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to approve an amendment for a January 2018 ordinance that added protections for residents who encounter discrimination based on age, gender identification and sexual orientation.

The amendment proposed by Mayor Brandi Harless states that the ordinance should be interpreted as consistent with state law that says "Government shall not substantially burden a person's freedom of religion."

City Commissioner Richard Abraham voted against it saying it gave too much authority to the government.

Harless said the goal was to find a balance between religious freedom and civil rights protections.

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Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com