State Sen. Perry Clark says Ky. should go ahead and pass statewide fairness law

07/12/2011 10:39 AM

Louisville Democratic State Sen. Perry Clark thinks Kentucky should pass a statewide fairness law to protect gay and lesbian couples, he told Pure Politics in a recent interview.

But Clark doesn’t think it will happen anytime soon.

“At some point it will be, probably 20 years late like Kentucky does with most of its progressive ideas,” Clark said.

Clark has served in the state Senate since 2006 and was a state representative for 11 years before that.

Several Democratic lawmakers in the House have pushed for a statewide Fairness Law that mirrors an ordinance on the books in Louisville for almost a decade, without much luck.

Kentucky passed a constitutional amendment in 2004 banning gay marriage, saying marriage is only between a man and a woman.

But Clark, one of a Democratic minority in the state Senate, said the push for that amendment had nothing to do with morality, but about politics.

“It was really about whipping people into a fenzy and getting them out to an election,” Clark told Pure Politics.

Clark said several of his Democratic colleagues tried to kill the bill, but many conservative House Democrats pushed to get the amendment on the ballot. In the end, Clark said many of those House Democrats pushing for the amendment ending up losing their elections.

As for the argument that allowing gay marriage would erode marriage, Clark said it’s too little, too late for that.

“I think the institution of marriage is pretty eroded anyway, we have a 50 percent divorce rate,” Clark said.

You can see the rest of Clark’s interview below, which he says he’s changed from a conservative lawmaker to more progressive:

-Written by Kenny Colston, interview by Ryan Alessi


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