State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) issued a statement following today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling which held LGBTQ workers are protected from workplace discrimination under federal law.


“This is a significant step forward in federal protections for workers,” said Rep. Lightbody.  “As the Supreme Court takes this step, we must build on the foundation to expand protections from discrimination for all Ohioans. I stand with my colleagues and advocates to call for the passage of the Ohio Fairness Act to continue this work.”


Democrats have pushed the bipartisan Ohio Fairness Act, which would expand LGBTQ protections to include not just employment, but also housing and services in Ohio. The then-Democrat led Ohio House passed similar legislation in 2009, but Republicans have stalled the legislation in subsequent General Assemblies.


Additionally, House Democrats last year called out Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) for not extending anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ House employees—the only state employees without explicit protections.  

 
 
 
  
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