COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio cities of Columbus and Lakewood have passed resolutions in support of the Ohio Fairness Act currently working it’s way through the state legislature.
“Columbus Council President [Shannon] Hardin expressed happiness at the business support while reminding people that the bill is about something simple: that Ohioans should be treated equally and given the opportunity to pay their bills, work hard, be judged on their merit, and provide for their family,” state LGBTQ rights group said on their website.
Columbus passed the resolution on Feb. 5.
Harden posted this statement on his Facebook page:
Last night Columbus City Council adopted a resolution to support the Ohio Fairness Act and the effort to change Ohio’s anti-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression as protected classes.
Our state’s current non-discrimination protections allow queer Ohioans to be evicted and fired simply for being who they are. While Columbus does include sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression as protected classes, one can lose those protections by crossing city limits on the way to work. Both the public and the private sector understand the need to implement comprehensive non-discrimination legislation. That’s why Equality Ohio brought together a coalition of Ohio’s top businesses to support the Ohio Fairness Act: http://ohiobusinesscompetes.org
If you want to support HB160, call Government Accountability and Oversight Chair Blessing (614) 466-9091 & Vice Chair Reineke (614) 466-1374.
This legislation is about more than economic development: It elevates the principle that Ohioans should be treated equally and given the opportunity to pay their bills, work hard, be judged on their merit, and provide for their family.