Frankfort — Kentucky Senate Bill 83, a “Healthcare Discrimination Law” that would disproportionately affect LGBTQ people and other marginalized communities, is slated to receive a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow, Thursday, February 11 at 9:30 a.m. ET.
The bill, proposed by Senator Steve Meredith (R-Leitchfield), would allow any worker in a healthcare setting to deny any service or refuse to perform their job based on any philosophical or religious belief without repercussion. The Fairness Campaign and a growing number of opposing organizations plan to testify against the bill in committee.
According to a recent poll by Mason-Dixon Polling and Strategy, Inc., 79% of Kentucky voters oppose the measure, including 74% of Republicans and 83% of Democrats. The poll was conducted February 1-4, 2021 with 625 registered voters.
Groups Opposing SB 83:
- ACLU-KY – The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky
- Civitas, Regional LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce
- Fairness Campaign
- KASAP – Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs
- KCADV – The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- KCC – Kentucky Council of Churches
- KPA – Kentucky Psychological Association
- Kentucky Mental Health Coalition
- NASW KY – National Association of Social Workers – Kentucky Chapter
- Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky