More than 100 rally in rain for gay rights

The Richmond Register
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July 19, 2012

Afternoon thunderstorms did not damper the crowd of more than 100 that turned out Wednesday at Richmond City Hall in support of fairness.

A rally organized by the Kentucky Fairness Coalition was conducted in support of Richmond residents Cheri Chenault and her partner, Destiny Keith, who were reportedly told to leave E.C. Million Park earlier this month while having pictures taken by a local photographer.

The two are expecting a baby boy Sept. 29.

Chris Hartman, director of the Louisville-based Fairness Campaign, encouraged the crowd to attend Tuesday’sRichmond City Commission meeting which begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

“It’s one more example of where discrimination is actually occurring in the state and (those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community) are not protected,” said Michael Aldridge, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky. “When people try to pass ordinances at a local level they say, ‘Give us an example.’ This is a perfect example where two ladies were kicked out of a public space because of who they are, and that’s why we need a statewide law.”