Fairness Campaign’s fight for LGBT equality continues

Monica Brown

Bowling Green’s Fairness Campaign set new goals after the recent Supreme Court ruling. 

Dora James, western Kentucky’s regional organizer for the Fairness Campaign, said although the organization still advocates for same-sex marriage, there are new projects to pursue. 

“Our biggest project at the moment is collecting petitions from the people of Bowling Green and WKU to give to the mayor for various state-wide fairness laws,” James said.

In Kentucky, the fight against discrimination is not finished. James said members of the LGBT community, although they can now legally marry, face the possibilities of discrimination at work and in their social outings. 

“Right now, it is legal for an LGBT person to be fired from their  job, denied housing or kicked out of a restaurant or park. The petitions are in favor of adding LGBT fairness protections to our local human rights ordinance,” James said.

The Fairness Campaign will meet on Sept. 14 to discuss their petitions further. The petitions will be sent to Kentucky’s legislature. 

Several campus organizations coordinate with the Fairness Campaign, said James. 

“WKU has many organizations that cooperate with us like the Social Justice Coalition and the Student Identity Outreach. They help out a lot,” she said.

Memphis freshman Arian Ware said although he is not affiliated with the Fairness Campaign, he is supportive of the cause.

“Not only am I supportive of the Fairness Campaign’s beliefs and goals, but I am so proud of how much effort they put into what they believe in,” Ware said. “I am glad I chose to attend Western because the people here are so open-minded, and the people of Bowling Green and Western both know what they want and do all they can to get it done.”

This story initially said the legalization of gay marriage was caused by a law that was passed. A Supreme Court ruling legalized gay marriage. The error has been corrected. The Herald regrets the error.