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File #: 0029X-2018    Version: 1
Type: Ceremonial Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 2/2/2018 In control: Hardin
On agenda: 2/5/2018 Final action: 2/8/2018
Title: To support the Ohio Fairness Act and the effort to change Ohio’s anti-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression as protected classes
Sponsors: Shannon G. Hardin, Elizabeth Brown, Mitchell Brown, Jaiza Page, Emmanuel V. Remy, Michael Stinziano, Priscilla Tyson

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To support the Ohio Fairness Act and the effort to change Ohio’s anti-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression as protected classes

 

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WHEREAS, Ohio House Bill 160 adds sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression to Ohio’s list of protected classes, expanding the civil protections Columbus provides to the rest of our state; and

 

WHEREAS, Ohio’s current non-discrimination protections allows queer Ohioans to be evicted and fired simply for being who they are; and

 

WHEREAS, in Columbus both the public and the private sector understand the need to enact comprehensive non-discrimination legislation; and

 

WHEREAS, many businesses are rallying behind this legislation through the Ohio Business Competes Coalition which is made up of hundreds of Ohio’s top businesses; and 

 

WHEREAS, as demonstrated by the economic fallout after North Carolina’s gender discrimination laws passed, a dedication to inclusion and openness is critical to attract top talent and employers from around the world; and

 

WHEREAS, all Ohioans should be treated equally and given the opportunity to pay their rent, work hard, be judged on their merit, and provide for their family; now, therefore

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBUS:

 

That this Council hereby supports the Ohio Fairness Act and the effort to change Ohio’s anti-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression as protected classes.