Push to protect LGBT community in Ohio Statehouse

The Human Rights Campaign, Equality Ohio, Trans Ohio and other groups joined Democratic lawmakers Wednesday calling for protections for the LGBT community. (Courtesy: MGN)

The Human Rights Campaign, Equality Ohio, Trans Ohio and other groups joined Democratic lawmakers Wednesday calling for protections for the LGBT community.

They called for state lawmakers to pass the Ohio Fairness Act which would protect LGBT people from being fired, denied housing or denied service simply for being gay or trans.

"It's a fair proposal that simply gives people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer the same freedom to work, the same freedom to live where they choose to live, the same full equal participation in society just as anyone else in Ohio," said Rep. Nickie Antonio, D - Lakewood.

Antonio said the bill wouldn't change state laws regarding religious protections. Some cities like Columbus have similar protections for LGBT people.

"Your zip code should not determine whether or not you have equal rights or protection," she said.

The bill has been introduced several times in the last few years but has never passed both the House and Senate. Antonio said the Ohio Fairness Act has new life thanks to new support from several business groups.

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