“Democratic and Republican representatives file yet another non-discrimination bill weeks after the House speaker declines to extend protections to the chamber’s own empolyees.

Sixteen years after the initial effort, some Ohio lawmakers again are seeking passage of a bill to forbid employment and housing discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community.

The latest revival of the Ohio Fairness Act was introduced Wednesday by State Reps. Michael Skindell, D-Lakewood, and Brett Hillyer, R-Urichsville.

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More than 800 Ohio businesses support making it illegal to discriminate against LGBTQ employees, realizing it is good for their bottom lines and helpful in attracting workers, Skindell said.

“The great Woody Hayes said it best, ‘you win with people,’” said Rep. Hillyer. “People matter and should be protected in their workplace and in public.”

Alana Jochum, executive director of Equality Ohio, said more than two dozen Ohio communities, including Columbus, have adopted LGBTQ discrimination protections, but only cover about a fourth of Ohio’s population.

‘It’s time for Ohio’s legislators to make a commitment to LGBTQ Ohioans — urban, suburban and rural — that they have the same right to work hard and provide for their families as everybody else,’ Jochum said.

Aaron Baer, president of Citizens for Community Values, opposes the legislation, calling it ‘the single greatest threat to religious freedom, parental rights, and the privacy and safety of women and children.’

‘Across the country this legislation has been used to force girls to compete against boys in high school sports, require women’s homeless shelters to let men bathe and bunk with women, and terminate public employees because of their professed Christian faith,’ Baer said.”

Click here to read the rest of the story on The Columbus Dispatch’s website.

Other Coverage:

  1. Cleveland Scene – Ohio Lawmakers Once Again Introduce Legislation Barring Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination
  2. CityBeat – Ohio Lawmakers Introduce Legislation Barring Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination
  3. Front Lines Ohio – Nominal conservative erroneously claims he has support for bill opposing religious freedom & parents’ rights (AUDIO)

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