COLUMBUS—State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) issued a statement following today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling which held LGBTQ workers are protected from workplace discrimination under federal law.


“Today is historic. Because of this landmark Supreme Court ruling, you can get married on Saturday and not worry about losing your job on Monday. LGBTQ+ workers deserve these much needed protections,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan.


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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