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LGBT citizens have the right to marry; but it may cost them a place to Ohio. Time for more change!

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June 9, 2017 New LGBT protections bill introduced
Columbus Dispatch reports: "An Ohio legislator from near Cleveland has launched another attempt at a bill to ban discrimination in housing, employment and other areas based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. And just like in past years, the measure is likely going nowhere in the GOP-dominated General Assembly. Rep. Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, who is a lesbian, introduced House Bill 160. She called it a 'fair proposal that will simply give people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender the same freedom to work, the same freedom to live where they choose, and the same full equal participation in society, just as anyone else in Ohio.' ”                             

LGBT housing and employment protections proposed
Even with the Supreme Court decision that LGBT couples can legally marry, they could still get evicted in Ohio if they do. That's why State Rep. Nicki Antonio has re-introduced a bill to make LGBT status a protected class under Ohio's Fair Housing and Fair Employment laws. Cincinnati Enquirer reports: "
Ohio is one of 28 states without protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. Several cities, including Cincinnati, have written their own non-discrimination laws, and the proposed statewide law wouldn't supersede them. But only 14 cities, comprising 18 percent of the state's population, have local non-discrimination laws, so statewide protection is needed, Antonio said." Read more here and here.

ma endorses Fair Housing for LGBT households 
Washington Post reports, “ 'We look forward to working with Congress to ensure that the legislative process produces a result that balances both the bedrock principles of civil rights . . . with the religious liberty that we hold dear in this country,' Earnest added. Although there is little chance that this Congress will approve the legislation — which was introduced in July by Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley (Ore.), Tammy Baldwin (Wis.) and Cory Booker (N.J.), and Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.) — President Obama’s support elevates the question of whether lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans need greater legal safeguards."
Earlier story on efforts to include LGBT protections in Ohio. 11/11/15
UPDATE. Wonkblog reports that transgender persons may already be covered by Federal Fair Housing Law!  11/12/15

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