Vicco, Ky., Is Smallest U.S. City With LGBT Rights Law

By Michelle Garcia

Originally published on January 15 2013 6:57 PM ET

The small Appalachian town of Vicco, Ky., has become the smallest municipality in the U.S. to approve an LGBT nondiscrimination law.

"Vicco is a community that believes all folks should be treated fairly," said Vicco city attorney Eric Ashley. "We believe everyone deserves the opportunity for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Fairness is a Kentucky value, a Vicco value, and one of our most American values."

Vicco's 334 residents will be protected under the fairness ordinance, which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky. The ordinance passed 3-1, with the support of Mayor Johnny Cummings.

Vicco becomes Kentucky's fourth municipality to pass such an ordinance, following Lexington, Louisville, and Covington.