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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:49 PM
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Ohio House passes LGBT non-discrimination bill. Republican complains of increased number of homos
Ohio has been one of those states that was fertile ground for a marriage amendment; in 2004 there were not enough progressive or moderate voters to keep it at bay, a cornucopia of religious fundamentalists and bigots marshalled forces to power it through to the polls where it easily passed, 61.7%-38.3%. If only it had been able to stop that amendment to wait for the people and the legislature to catch up culturally as more states approved marriage equality -- and the world didn't come to an end.

But there is ray of light today as the Ohio House passed a state non-discrimination bill, H.B. 176, the Equal Housing and Employment Act. Chris@Law Dork:

The EHEA would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations in Ohio, and its passage in the House marks the first time a pro-LGBT bill passed either chamber of the Ohio Statehouse.

Sponsors Rep. Dan Stewart (D) and Rep. Ross McGregor (R) both spoke in favor of the bill's passage, with Stewart talking about the changes in our past leading toward more enlightened positions on equality - including a mention of P.M. Gordon Brown's apology of last week - and urging that "Injustice to one is injustice to all."

As usual, a member opposed to the bill stood up and gave an asinine excuse for supporting discrimination -- even as he took care to say "When speaking against a bill like this, it's easy to come across the wrong way." I give you Republican Rep. Jeff Wagner:

Wagner then did his best to prove his point, talking about the "sexual revolution," how increased numbers of homosexuals have led to increased incident of sexually transmitted diseases and the dangers inherent in living in a world in which homosexuality is accepted. He told his colleagues, "You can live with whoever you want, but don't use the state government to force acceptance."

http://www.pamshouseblend.com/diary/13013/ohios-house-s...
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 06:52 PM
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1. I doubt the numbers have increased - just the openness.
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