Updated Wed, Mar 5, 2014 4:37 pm
An ex-police officer who says he was fired because of his sexual orientation has urged Kentucky lawmakers to pass an anti-discrimination bill aimed at protecting gays.
Former police Sgt. Kile Nave voiced support Wednesday for a measure that would prohibit discrimination against gays in employment, housing and public accommodations. Nave told the House Judiciary Committee that he's a Christian, a Republican, a gun owner and gay.
He says he deserved to be protected against discrimination like everyone else.
The committee didn't vote on the measure, but gay rights advocates say that getting a chance to present the bill to a panel was historic.
The bill is similar to local ordinances in a half-dozen Kentucky cities.
The measure would exempt businesses with fewer than eight employees.