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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 LGBTQ people to Ohio’s hate crimes laws. Mr. Dettelbach commented in support of the Supreme Court of the United States striking down a key portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 2013. He is endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign.