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Rep. Kent Smith statement as U.S. Supreme Court rules workers cannot be fired for LGBTQ status

June 16, 2020
Kent Smith News

State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) issued a statement following Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling which held LGBTQ workers are protected from workplace discrimination under federal law.

“I am very pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court got to where the country has already been and where Ohio House Republicans have refused to go. Obviously, the marriage equality decision was very important however not everyone wants to get married. But everyone needs a job.  The Bostock v. Clayton County decision allows all Americans keep their paychecks and careers regardless of who they love at home. Yesterday, the grand American experiment got a little better for everyone and I applaud these latest steps of progress,” said Rep. Smith.

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.