SB 125 – Equal Housing and Employment Act (2013-2014)
Link to Bill:http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=130_SB_125
SB 125 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.
Primary Sponsors:Sen. LaRose (R), Sen. Skindell (D)
Secondary Sponsors:Sen. Brown (D), Sen. Cafaro (D), Sen. Gentile (D), Sen. Kearney (D), Sen. Sawyer (D), Sen. Schiavoni (D), Sen. Smith (D), Sen. Tavares (D), Sen. Turner (D)
Committee:Civil Justice (S)
Companion Bill:HB 163
LSC Legislation Status:http://lsc.state.oh.us/coderev/sen130.nsf/Senate+Bill+Number/0125?OpenDocument
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. SB 125 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.