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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:01 AM
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Ohio House passes bill protecting gays from discrimination
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 11:14 AM by Ian David
Source: Plain Dealer Bureau

Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Aaron Marshall
Plain Dealer Bureau

Columbus- Ohio House lawmakers moved to shield gay and transgendered Ohioans from being discriminated against in housing and employment issues in a historic vote Tuesday afternoon.

By a vote of 56-39, the anti-discrimination measure passed the House with five Republicans, including Rep. Matthew Dolan of Russell Township, joining all 51 majority Democrats present in the House chamber in approving the measure. It now moves to the Senate, where Senate President Bill Harris, an Ashland Republican, has told reporters the measure is not needed.

Supporters painted it as bringing fairness to the workplace by adding protections for gay and transgendered Ohioans, while opponents said it forced people to endorse a lifestyle that many object to on religious grounds.

Lawmakers may have been split over the issue, but the crowded public gallery above the House floor was united in support of the legislation. Audience members gave lawmakers a standing ovation as House Speaker Armond Budish gaveled the crowd back to order. It was the first time Ohio lawmakers have voted to extend civil rights protections to people on the basis of sexual orientation.

Read more: http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/ba...



See also:

Ohio House Passes LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill 56-39
http://www.towleroad.com/2009/09/ohio-house-passes-lgbt...


Hat-tip to: http://twitter.com/cindyscott54/statuses/4031846138




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Berry Cool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:02 AM
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1. Woo hoo!
Screw Harris!
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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:05 AM
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2. YAY Ohio!
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:06 AM
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3. Finally!
Harris is a fucking douche-bag. We need to protect the rights of employers and landlords to make and act on irrational judgments concerning other people that are none of their business. Harris' stated reason for opposing it is exactly why it is needed.
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Mari333 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:12 AM
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4. knr
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madmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:26 AM
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5. We are not allowed to discriminate based on religious beliefs, which I find objectionable, so why
must I have to endorse their lifestyle?
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rd_kent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:30 AM
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6. If discrimination of any kind is illegal, why do we need SPECIFIC discrimination laws?
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mitchtv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:10 PM
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11. thing is
that is not the case . It is legal to fire /refuse to rent to Gays most states
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Posteritatis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:14 PM
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12. Except discrimination "of any kind" *isn't* illegal
And in a lot of the cases where it is, it needs to be spelled out in crayon before people stop ignoring or loopholing it.
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rd_kent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:28 PM
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13. So why not just update existing laws to include the new category
instead of creating a whole new laws addressing a specific group?
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Steerpike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:33 AM
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7. Hey! Some more good News!
Kudos to Ohio!
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Soylent Brice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:53 AM
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8. K&R
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:03 PM
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9. Terrific!
Hey! Oh! Way to go! Ohio! :)
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whathehell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:31 PM
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10. Yay!!
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Rozlee Donating Member (821 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:39 PM
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14. We're getting there
By "we" I mean the collective We. I'm from Texas and the general IQ around here is just slightly above nail fungus. But, today, I envy the progressive mindset of Ohio.
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:28 PM
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15. It's not a done deal folks
"It now moves to the Senate, where Senate President Bill Harris, an Ashland Republican, has told reporters the measure is not needed."


Hopefully they'll pass it, but it's not over yet. Hope they do, what a classy move if they do.
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