Kentucky's private social clubs, like many throughout the country, are trying to overcome a difficult stigma about how clubs choose their members. Some club advocates maintain that the government should not be meddling in private business policies regarding membership. "We all have the right under the Constitution to meet with people and be with people we want to be with," says Phil Scott, chairman of Idle Hour Country Club's board. "On the other hand, there are equal protections under the law. The question is: Which is going to prevail?"

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