2nd reading of Paducah Human Rights Commission ordinance change postponed

The Paducah City Commission had decided to table a decision over the future of the city’s Human Rights Commission until Jan. 9.

Tuesday night, city leaders had planned to vote to repeal Chapter 58 in the Paducah Code of Ordinances and replace it with an ordinance adding age, gender identity and sexual orientation to the list of unlawful reasons to discriminate against someone. The new ordinance would also reduce the Paducah Human Rights Commission from nine members to five.

The city says the changes also describe how complaints are to be handled based on what kind of complaint is made. Complaints made to the Paducah Human Rights Commission centering around race, color, religion, sex, age, family status, handicap, or national origin would be filed with the state human rights commission. Complaints regarding gender identity or sexual orientation would be filed with the Paducah commission and the city manager’s office would be notified. Those claims would be investigated locally, with legal assistance when needed.

Mayor Brandi Harless proposed exempting church ceremonies and activities from discrimination complaints.

The commissioners heard from people within the community and a Cadiz man who had questions or concerns about the proposed changes. To hear those comments, you can watch the video of the meeting below this story. The video is set to play from the beginning of the Human Rights Commission discussion.


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