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