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HB160Ohio
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. The 2016-2018 legislature concluded without passing it.

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LegislationUpdates in Legislation

2016-2018 HB160

Level: State
Status: Unpassed
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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Get InvolvedWhat Can You Do?

Equality Ohio is working for YOU.

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.

The work of realizing a fair and welcoming Ohio requires real conversations with real people. With your help, we give Ohioans the opportunity to engage in ways that affect change, not only on a statewide level, but in their neighborhoods and cities.

When you support the work of Equality Ohio Education Fund, you are fueling life-changing connections in homes, churches, and businesses across the state.

Donate today. Let your dollars become the words that change the heart and mind of our next Ally.

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Marin Harbur from Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce: LGBTQ equality is essential to Lima’s economy. We’re adding 100s of jobs & need the best talent to fill them. Equality doesn’t just belong in big cities but across our great state. That’s why we must pass #OhioFairnessAct

Tom Greene: I own Greene Tool Systems in Dayton. As a parent I have always wanted my sons to be themselves and not worry about what others think. Not everyone sees through my eyes. We must pass #SB11 to give LGBTQ folks an opportunity to have a normal life without feeling unsafe.