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Pass the Ohio Fairness Act

Did you know it’s generally still legal to fire or deny housing to someone in Ohio if they’re LGBTQ? That’s exactly why we need to pass the Ohio Fairness Act.

The Ohio Fairness Act, known as Senate Bill 11 and House Bill 369, would outlaw discrimination in Ohio based on a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

The Ohio Fairness Act has broad support among advocacy groups like the ACLU and EqualityOhio as well as business groups like the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association.

According to EqualityOhio, nearly three-quarters of Ohioans favor employment and housing laws that make it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Over two dozen localities in Ohio already offer these protections, but it’s a patchwork––you can literally work in one place, live in another, and lose your rights on your morning commute. That’s why the state needs to step in and close up the gaps.

Despite this support, the Ohio General Assembly has failed time and time again to pass this bill.

Please take a minute to send a message to your state lawmakers that it’s time for Ohio to move forward to end legal discrimination.