The Kentucky Senate on Tuesday approved
a bill that would allow companies to deny services based on the
religious objections of their owners.
Senate Bill 180 cleared the
Republican-led Senate with a 22-16 vote, the Louisville
The bill's sponsor, Senator Albert
Robinson, a Republican from London, said that his bill is aimed at
protecting the rights of business owners who oppose the Supreme
Court's finding that gay couples have a constitutional right to
“All of these business owners want to
treat everyone with full human dignity and respect,” Robinson told
the committee. “But their consciences and religious beliefs
prevent them from using their skills to promote a celebration that
runs counter to what the Bible teaches about marriage. Shouldn't
their rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion be
If approved, the bill would affect LGBT
protections in eight Kentucky cities.
Chris Hartman, director of the Fairness
Campaign, a group that advocates for LGBT rights, called SB 180 a
“clear attack” on those eight cities.