Lesbian and Gay Rights Groups Prepare for Kentucky's 1998 Legislative Session
Lesbian and gay rights groups are preparing for a series of laws which, if introduced and passed, would outlaw sodomy and ban same-sex marriage in Kentucky. A new coalition in the Senate composed of five Democrats and eighteen Republicans now wields the largest voting block; members of the group have been the chief proponents of anti-lesbian and gay legislation. Senator Gex Williams, a Verona Republican commented, "I think the defense of marriage is an issue, and sodomy is related to that, and that will be an issue we will not be able to avoid." Last year Larry Saunders (D-Louisville), who currently serves as the Senate President, introduced a bill banning same-sex marriage in Kentucky, but the bill never made it out of committee.
Media Resources: Lexington Herald Leader - January 24, 1997