LGBT Rights Legislation

HB 163 – Equal Housing and Employment Act (2013-2014)

Link to Bill:
http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=130_HB_163
Status:
Failed
Summary:

HB 163 changes Ohio’s anti-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes, expanding legal protections in housing, employment, and services. The bill also includes limited religious exemptions.

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Committee:
Commerce / Labor / Technology (H)
Companion Bill:
SB 125
LSC Legislation Status:
http://lsc.state.oh.us/coderev/hou130.nsf/House+Bill+Number/0163?OpenDocument
Jurisdiction/Legislation Level:
State
Our take on this bill:

While LGBT Ohioans have made great strides toward equality, they still do not enjoy the same legal protections against discrimination afforded to other Ohioans. HB 163 strengthens Ohio’s existing anti-discrimination laws by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to protect LGBT people and those who may be perceived as LGBT. This measure protects LGBT people statewide, bringing them a step closer to full access to their legal rights.