- June 24, 2015
Last night, the City Council of Bexley, Ohio voted unanimously (with one abstention) to pass a non-discrimination ordinance. Following public comments almost universally in support of the ordinance, the ordinance will protect people who live, work and play in Bexley from discrimination on several bases including sexual orientation and gender identity.
A highly publicized event earlier this year (the denial of service to a lesbian couple by a wedding videographer) precipitated the ordinance. After the couple shared their story of discrimination publicly, the city of Bexley came together to stand against discrimination and for fair treatment of everyone. After months of work, last night the City Council rejected discriminatory amendments and voted to pass the ordinance 6-0, with one abstention.
I was fortunate to be in the audience last night to witness the final passage of this ordinance alongside the community and local advocates, including Equality Ohio. Earlier this year Equality Ohio and I were invited to give testimony to the subcommittee drafting the bill, and we were honored to do so.
Bexley’s community and leadership have demonstrated a true commitment to equality for their LGBT residents and visitors and they have also called on the state legislature to act to extend similar protections statewide. Congratulations to Bexley, to the sponsors of the bill who worked tirelessly to make it the best bill for Bexley and to all community members who refused to allow discrimination in their backyard.
HRC’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI) examines the laws, policies, and services of municipalities and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBT people who live and work there. To learn more about how cities can act to make their cities more equal for LGBT people, please visit www.hrc.org/mei.
Pictured: Bexley Councilmember Deneese Owen, myself, and Equality Ohio Executive Director Elyzabeth Holford