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Ohio Fairness Act

The Ohio Fairness Act adds sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to the laws that make discrimination illegal in Ohio.

That’s right––in most parts of Ohio, it’s still legal to discriminate against LGBTQ people.

Specifically, it protects against employment discrimination, housing discrimination, and discrimination in accessing basic goods and services (also known as public accommodations).

Over two dozen localities in Ohio already have these protections, but not everybody lives in one of those areas creating a patchwork of protections where an LGBTQ person could lose their civil rights on their daily commute. The only solution is for a statewide law like HB160.

What We Are Working For Next

  • A hearing for proponent testimony. If proponent testimony is scheduled, then the committee will hear from people who support LGBTQ equality. You can speak and submit testimony. Contact marshall@equalityohio.org. We received this!
  • A hearing for opposition testimony. If opposition testimony is given, then the committee will hear only from people who oppose LGBTQ equality. This is a normal part of the legislative process.
  • For the bill to be voted out of committee. If the bill is voted out of committee, then it can be considered for a floor vote by the entire Ohio Senate. Similar legislation was passed by the entire Ohio House in 2009.
  • If it is voted out of the Ohio Senate, then the process repeats in the Ohio House.

The Latest

Editorial: Make Ohio House fair and inclusive with protection for LGBTQ people

Bill to prohibit LGBTQ discrimination receives first hearing

Historical Ohio Business Support for Ohio Business Competes

Global Auto Manufacturer Honda Supports Inclusive Nondiscrimination in Ohio

Columbus Chamber Supports Ohio Fairness Act

Greater Cleveland Partnership Supports Ohio Fairness Act

Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Op-Ed: pass the Ohio Fairness Act!

Ohio Chamber of Commerce Supports Ohio Fairness Act

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Testifies In Favor of Ohio Fairness Act

First in 9 Years: Ohio Fairness Act Receives Hearing, 150+ Submit Written Testimony