Saturday, August 1, 2015

Kentucky Rejects Freakazoids; Keeps Anti-Discrimination Rule

No, not a statewide law to add sexual preference and gender identity to the state non-discrimination law.

But for the state that offered $40 million in tax dollars to the creation museum morons to take even this small step is a big fucking deal.

From the Herald:

The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice on Friday said it's standing by a year-old policy that prohibits anti-gay comments to youths held at the state's juvenile detention centers.

The Liberty Counsel, a private religious group, threatened to sue the agency in a June 23 letter that said the policy violates the free speech of volunteers who want to counsel young inmates about homosexuality. The letter gave state officials until Friday to repeal the policy and reinstate David Wells, a Baptist minister asked to leave the Warren Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Bowling Green after he would not agree to restrict what he told inmates about their sexual orientation.

The Department of Juvenile Justice hopes to "foster an open and inclusive culture," Commissioner Bob Hayter wrote in a letter on Friday to Richard Mast Jr., an attorney for the Liberty Counsel in Lynchburg, Va.

"The department's regulation is neutral as to religion and requires respectful language toward youth by all staff, contractors and volunteers," Hayter wrote. "The regulation advances a compelling government interest in developing a trusting, therapeutic relationship with the children in DJJ custody, which requires an environment of unconditional acceptance."

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