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Commissioners Call on State Legislature to Expand Ohio’s Anti-Discrimination Laws

Friday, February 23, 2018
Contact: Tyler Lowry, Franklin County Commissioners, 614/525-6630

On Tuesday, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution endorsing House Bill 160 of the Ohio General Assembly, the Ohio Fairness Act, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
“It is the policy of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners to promote equality and equal protection for all residents regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The Franklin County Board of Commissioners has long been an advocate for all in our community, and Franklin County is an open and welcoming county for all of our residents and visitors. The passage of House Bill 160 would bring Ohio’s discrimination laws into alignment with current and long standing Franklin County policies which allow for equal protection of all residents. A job market that allows for discriminatory policies inhibits its ability to attract and retain top talent and employers, hindering its ability to have an inclusive and thriving economy. All Ohioans have the right to be treated fairly and equally, to be evaluated on the basis of their merit, and to enjoy full and equal protection under the laws of Ohio.”

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