HB 389 – Ohio Fairness Act (2015-2016)
Link to Bill:https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-documents?id=GA131-HB-389
HB 389 changes Ohio’s anti-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression as protected classes, expanding legal protections in housing, employment, and access to public services. The bill also provides a restatement of First Amendment principles and current case law.
Primary Sponsors:Rep. Antonio (D), Rep. Driehaus (D)
Secondary Sponsors:Rep. Ashford (D), Rep. Bishoff (D), Rep. Boccieri (D), Rep. Boyce (D), Rep. Boyd (D), Rep. Celebrezze (D), Rep. Cera (D), Rep. Clyde (D), Rep. Craig (D), Rep. Fedor (D), Rep. Howse (D), Rep. Johnson (D), Rep. Kuhns (D), Rep. Leland (D), Rep. Lepore-Hagan (D), Rep. Michael O’Brien (D), Rep. Phillips (D), Rep. Ramos (D), Rep. Reece (D), Rep. Rogers (D), Rep. Sean O’Brien (D), Rep. Sheehy (D), Rep. Slesnick (D), Rep. Smith (D), Rep. Stinziano (D), Rep. Strahorn (D), Rep. Sykes (D)
Committee:Community and Family Advancement (H)
LSC Legislation Status:https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-status?id=GA131-HB-389
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. Gay and transgender people are our friends, neighbors, family and coworkers. When it comes to being able to earn a living, having a place to live, or being served by a business or government office, they should be treated like anyone else and not be discriminated against.
HB 389 strengthens Ohio’s existing anti-discrimination laws by adding sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression 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.
Introduced in the House on 11/5/15
Referred to the House Community and Family Advancement Committee on 11/16/15
Received committee hearing on 5/10/16