HB 160 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.
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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 160 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 3/28/17
Referred to the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee on 5/1/17
Received Committee hearing on 6/7/17
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