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Ohio Fairness Act

The Ohio Fairness Act adds 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.

Specifically, it protects against employment discrimination, housing discrimination, and discrimination in accessing basic goods and services (also known as public accommodations).

Over two dozen localities in Ohio already have these protections, but not everybody lives in one of those areas creating a patchwork of protections where an LGBTQ person could lose their civil rights on their daily commute. The only solution is for a statewide law like HB369.

2019 is a historic year in the history of LGBTQ advocacy in Ohio because it is the first time that the bill has been introduced with bipartisan support in both the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate.

What We Are Working For Next

  • A hearing for proponent testimony. If proponent testimony is scheduled, then the committee will hear from people who support LGBTQ equality. You can speak and submit testimony. Contact marshall@equalityohio.org.
  • A hearing for opposition testimony. If opposition testimony is given, then the committee will hear only from people who oppose LGBTQ equality. This is a normal part of the legislative process.
  • For the bill to be voted out of committee. If the bill is voted out of committee, then it can be considered for a floor vote by the entire Ohio House. Similar legislation was passed by the entire Ohio House in 2009.
  • If it is voted out of the Ohio House, then the process repeats in the Ohio Senate.

The Latest

Ohio Fairness Act Introduced in the House

'Fairness Act' Gets Republican Supporter In Ohio House

Bill to forbid LGBTQ discrimination again introduced at Statehouse