Today, Rep. Nickie Antonio introduced an LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination bill in the Ohio House of Representatives.
The Ohio Fairness Act would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodation.
“An individual’s ability to pursue a career, enjoy safe housing, and be a contributing member of society should not be based upon one’s sexual orientation,” Antonio said in a statement. “While our country has taken an historic step toward equality with the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, an Ohioan can still get married in the morning and get fired from their job in the afternoon just because of who they are or whom they love. That is not acceptable.”
Antonio is the first openly LGBT legislator in the Ohio General Assembly and received the Equality Award from HRC Cleveland in 2011.
Ohio is one of the 31 states without explicit non-discrimination laws protecting LGBT people.
Earlier this year, HRC, Equality Ohio and ACLU of Ohio announced the formation of a coalition to pass legislation to protect Ohioans from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.