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Betty Sutton (D)

Grade A Ms. Sutton completed a questionnaire from the Columbus Dispatch released in December of 2017 in which she indicated that she (1) supports same-sex marriage, (2) supports the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in Ohio’s nondiscrimination laws, and (3) thinks that transgender and gender fluid students should be allowed to […]

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Richard Cordray (D)

Grade A In a questionnaire from PRIZM, an Ohio LGBTQ magazine, Mr. Cordray indicated that he (1) supports legislation adding sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to Ohio’s nondiscrimination laws, (2) would like to see transgender Ohioans be allowed to correct the gender marker on their birth certificates, (3) supports a ban on so-called […]

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Jon Husted (R)

Grade D As a member of the Ohio House of Representatives in 2003, Mr. Husted voted in favor of legislation defining marriage as between “one man and one woman.” As Speaker of the House in the 126th Ohio General Assembly, Mr. Husted successfully stopped a bill (HB515) attempting to ban adoption by gay couples proposed in […]

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Mike DeWine (R)

Grade F Mr. DeWine completed a questionnaire from the Columbus Dispatch released in January of 2018 in which he indicated that he (1) opposes same-sex marriage, (2) opposes the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in Ohio’s nondiscrimination laws, and (3) does not think that transgender or gender fluid students should be […]

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Steve Dettelbach (D)

Grade A Steve Dettelbach defended civil rights as a federal prosecutor and helped develop a dedicated Civil Rights Unit that prosecuted hate crimes—including hate crimes based upon sexual orientation and gender identity or expression—under the Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Act. According to a July 2018 article on Cleveland.com, Mr. Dettelbach supports legislation that includes adding crimes against […]

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David Yost (R)

Grade C While serving as Ohio’s Auditor, in an August 2017 keynote address to the Franklin County Republican Party, Mr. Yost referenced the gay rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s in a neutral manner. Other than this statement, Mr. Yost has been largely quiet on LGBTQ-specific issues.

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Frank LaRose (R)

Grade B In the 130th General Assembly, Senator LaRose was a primary sponsor of the Equal Housing and Employment Act (SB125), a predecessor to the Ohio Fairness Act. During the 2016 Republican National Convention, Mr. LaRose participated in an event focused on LGBTQ equality, Bathrooms and Beyond, in which he discussed issues regarding transgender individuals and bathroom […]

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Kathleen Clyde (D)

Grade A During her career in the Ohio House of Representatives, Representative Clyde has co-sponsored each respective General Assembly’s version of the Ohio Fairness Act (HB160), as well as inclusion of LGBTQ Ohioans in Ohio’s hate crime laws. She voted against the “Pastor Protection Act” (HB36), and she has the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign.

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