A Rainbow in the Kentucky Mountains

I don’t know if I’m going to be able to give a good legal roundup for a couple of weeks – I’ve been having trouble with my right hand, and what I thought was arthritis behaving badly has turned out to be a couple of gnarled tendons that are going to have to get cut on next week. I’ve installed a copy of Dragon Naturally Speaking® but I don’t know how to use it yet.

Nevertheless, I can’t let today go by without taking note of something wonderful.

Dateline – upvoteVicco, Kentucky, pop. 335.

This week, the city council met and decided to ban discrimination against people for their sexual orientation or gender identity.

This Republican stronghold in Appalachia has a mayor who happens to be gay, and at its first reading in December the proposed ordinance passed unanimously. When it came for the final vote this week, one city councilman, who has been a lifelong friend of the mayor, was compelled by his religion to change his vote.

So, yeah, religion still makes us behave badly toward even our friends, but it can be overcome. And there is hope – as one tiny burg in deepest, darkest Appalachia has demonstrated.


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Civil rights activist Anne Orsi is one of the spokespeople for the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers and is the primary organizer of Reason in the Rock, a conference on science, secularism and skepticism. Got a question? Email her at anne@aramink.com. She's a lawyer but may not be licensed in your state. Sending her an email or reading her blog posts does not create an attorney-client relationship. Find Anne on Twitter as @aramink, and read her regular blog at www.aramink.com.