After Two Unconstitutional Anti-Abortion Bills Pass, We Have to Ask: What’s the Matter With Ohio’s Lame Duck Legislature?
It’s lame duck season in the state of Ohio and this year seems like the “super special” version. During the lame duck session, the legislature has just a few short weeks to pass laws before all bills have to start over from scratch in the new year.
While marriage equality became the law of the land last year, the fight for full equality for people who are gay or transgender continues on. This is especially true in Ohio, where you can be fired from your job, kicked out of your home, or denied basic services at any business simply because of who your partner is, or how you express your gender.
Updated December 2015: Last December, the death of Leelah Alcorn brought a tragic focus to the struggles of transgender teens to find acceptance in their families and communities. While the triumph of marriage equality this year was an incredible victory for the larger LGBT community, transgender people still lack basic legal protections in areas like employment and public accommodations.
While it is not a presidential election year, this November 3 might be the most important day you will ever cast your ballot in Ohio.
And no, we are not talking about marijuana.
We are talking about the very important, but sadly unexciting, issue of redrawing state legislative districts to be fairer.
The ACLU knows a few things about true religious freedom. We’ve been fighting for it since our founding in 1920.
Religion and our freedom to exercise (or not to exercise) it is an important part of what makes us Americans and we’ll continue to ensure all people have these rights.
Huge news for same-sex marriage!
The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen to hear the cases from all four states—Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—in April of this year. This means Ohio has the chance to be a part of history and the ACLU of Ohio is proud to be a part of one of the cases that is taking us there.
An important announcement just happened that you may have missed.
Transgender workers on the payroll of state and local public employers are now officially protected against workplace discrimination. The U.S. Department of Justice will be able to bring suit on behalf of people who say they have been discriminated against by public employers on the basis of gender identity.
What a disappointment!
After 92 days of waiting we finally got a decision from the U. S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld gay marriage bans in the four states it oversees—Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky. This is the first ruling in the country from a circuit court, which is one step down from the Supreme Court, which has gone against marriage equality.
It shouldn’t be. But unfortunately in some states, the answer is yes.
In case you missed it, in late September, the national ACLU filed a federal discrimination charge in defense of 16-year-old Tyler Brandt, a summer employee at a Taco John’s franchise in South Dakota.
The U.S. Supreme Court has spoken: it will not hear any of the current seven marriage equality cases across the country.
There has been a lot of speculation that the Supreme Court would hear at least one case. So by denying all of the cases, the judges are sending a message that they agree with lower courts striking down marriage bans.
The campaign for marriage equality reached an exciting milestone on August 26th by gathering 20,000 pledge cards signed by Ohioans from every county across the state.
Why Marriage Matters Ohio (WMMO) had set this goal to be reached by the end of 2014 and has already surpassed it 4 months ahead of schedule.
“If I told you it took 78 years crossing the desert back and forth and back and forth, would you be surprised?”
This quote said by Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey during the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit hearings on six marriage equality cases, sums up the day.
As of July 21, businesses that contract with the federal government are now prohibited from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This is the first time in our nation’s history that these protections have been put in place.
Last week, the national ACLU ended their support for federal legislation that has the potential to provide workplace protections for LGBT individuals. This decision was not made lightly.
So much hard work has been poured into this important legislation. ENDA, or the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, has been years in the making and it hasn’t been a pretty process.
It seems lately that our country has made huge advances in LGBT rights. And it has. And it is all happening so fast. Since last June’s U.S. Supreme Court decisions, 19 states now have marriage equality. Every remaining state where gay marriage is currently outlawed has cases sitting before federal courts.
On Saturday, November 2, 2013 a coalition of faith groups, unions, professional associations, community groups, and rights organizations (including the ACLU of Ohio) will hold a rally at the Ohio Statehouse. At this rally, we will call on Ohio lawmakers to halt the death penalty, end the war on drugs and the epidemic of mass incarceration, break the many reentry barriers for the formerly incarcerated, and put a stop to “stand your ground” proposals in Ohio.