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Members of the Kentucky General Assembly are preparing for the 2011 session. And the head of Louisville’s Fairness Campaign hopes the legislature will take a cue from the U.S. Congress on one issue.

Chris Hartman is hoping the repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy will cause a domino effect that leads to more legislation protecting gay and lesbian rights. For instance, Hartman would like to see a law passed in Kentucky that bars employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation.

“2011 is a new year in the state legislature and they will have a statewide anti-discrimination fairness law before them again and I hope that they’ll consider it again this year,” he says.

The national repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” took several months, and implementation will take several more. Hartman says the push for more fairness legislation on the local level will be difficult.