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Abramson Signs Fairness Ordinance, Denounces ‘Hateful Politics of Division and Deception’

Friday December 10, 2004

Mayor Jerry Abramson today signed the Fairness Ordinance into law just hours after the 19-6 passage Thursday night by the Louisville Metro Council.
 
“I applaud the Metro Council for overwhelmingly passing this civil rights legislation to ensure that Louisville continues to be a community that values, respects and protects all people,” Abramson said.

The mayor criticized some council members who fought the anti-discrimination legislation by claiming it could harm local businesses.

“Louisville’s business leaders strongly oppose discrimination,” Abramson said. “We don’t need elected leaders sending a message to the companies and people that we’re trying to attract to this community that Louisville is a place where businesses support bigotry.”

The mayor said he was outraged and disgusted by a mass mailing sent by Dr. Frank Simon and advertisements by opponents of the ordinance that used “venomous, hate-filled, incendiary attacks” to pressure council members into backing away from the basic human rights protections that both former city and county governments enacted years ago.
 
“This community will not tolerate the hateful politics of division and deception that some people and, unfortunately, some elected leaders prefer,” Abramson said. “Louisville is a community that is focused on uniting not dividing – on moving forward into the light, not backward into darkness.”