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Kentucky Republican Rep. Kim Banta pushes for LGBTQ rights

At first glance, Rep. Kim Banta might be a standard Republican legislator. Pro gun. Anti-abortion. fiscally conservative.

Except for one problem.

She is the lead sponsor of two LGBTQ-related bills that have been filed in advance for the upcoming legislative session in Kentucky.

Banana, of Fort Mitchell, is the sole Republican sponsor of the bills, which will be discussed at the legislative session beginning in January.

The bills aim to repeal an old and unenforced law criminalizing sodomy between men and banning conversion therapy from licensed mental health professionals.

Banta was also listed as a sponsor of a third bill seeking to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Banta is no longer a sponsor. She said that was not due to pressure, but cited disagreement among Democrats over two nearly identical variants of the bill.