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April 24, 2006

On April 11, Kentucky governor Ernie Fletcher removed protections against job discrimination from gay and lesbian state employees. To add insult to injury, he did it on the same day he declared "Diversity Day".

Some business leaders voiced concerns that an anti-gay environment could drive away businesses interested in coming to the state. Probably their being taxed to support discrimination won't help matters either. The state assembly recently gave 11 million dollars to The University of the Cumberlands, an ostensibly private Baptist institution that recently expelled gay student Jason Johnson. But Fletcher seems less concerned with cultivating new businesses, then cultivating the money and votes of the powerful religious right. Today, despite many calls to veto the money, Fletcher signed the money over. Discrimination may not be good for business in Kentucky, or elsewhere, but with their people in office it makes millions for the religious right.

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