Small US town that takes stand against gay discrimination basks in spotlight
VICCO, Kentucky (AP) - Eight months after the tiny Appalachian town of Vicco, Kentucky, took a stand against gay-based discrimination, it's basking in a flurry of attention and even an infusion of much-needed cash. All that hoopla has its openly gay mayor dreaming of reviving a place that had long seemed past its prime.
Out-of-towners occasionally venture well off the interstate highway to make the trek to the fading coal town of about 330 residents where an ageing row of buildings lines one side of the block-long downtown. Railroad tracks run along the other side, though trains rarely go by anymore.
Visitors pose for pictures in front of the city hall or shake hands with Mayor Johnny Cummings, 51, a chain-smoking hair salon operator who grew up in the town, spent some time living on both coasts, and then returned back to socially conservative Kentucky.
"I thought the 15 minutes of fame would have been over a long time ago," Mr Cummings said.