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Fairness Act

The Ohio Fairness Act would add sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to the laws that make discrimination illegal in Ohio. That’s right—in most parts of Ohio, it’s still legal to discriminate against LGBTQ people.

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Level: State
Status: Received Sponsor Testimony
Equality Ohio Position: Support
Topics: Nondiscrimination

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2016-2018 HB36, “Pastor Protection Act”

Level: Statewide
Status: Unpassed
Equality Ohio Position: Oppose
Topics: Nondiscrimination

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We’re working to pass a statewide nondiscrimination bill, and we’re supporting municipalities as they seek to add nondiscrimination protections at the local level.

Through our commitment to racial and social justice, we’re addressing issues of inequality at the margins. And with our commitment to expanding inclusive faith traditions, we’re mobilizing communities of faith across Ohio to help end LGBTQ inequality.

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Yesterday, Rep Skindell (D) and Rep. Hillyer (R) introduced the Ohio Fairness Act in the Ohio House, giving the bill bipartisan support. If passed, OFA would make discrimination against LGBTQ people on the basis of employment, housing, and public accommodations illegal.

Nearly 70 percent of Ohioans support LGBTQ-inclusive statewide non-discrimination policies. It’s time to pass the #OhioFairnessAct, says bill sponsor Rep. @MikeSkindell