Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ohio House Passes Anti-Discrimination Law

Late yesterday afternoon, the Ohio House of Representatives passed HB 176, the Equal Housing and Employment Act (EHEA). This law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

This historic vote of 56-38 marked the first time that a pro-LGBT bill passed either chamber of the Ohio Statehouse. The bill now moves to the OH Senate.

The bill passed with the support of all 51 Democrats (there was one abstention) and five Republicans — Reps. Terry Blair, Matthew Dolan, Cliff Hite, Peggy Lehner and Ross McGregor.

Among those who spoke out in favor of the bill, two were particularly noteworthy. Rep. Jennifer Garrison, who is running for Secretary of State, won her House seat in 2004 by running to the right of her Republican opponent on the Defense of Marriage Act. Garrison spoke out in favor of EHEA primarily on its economic benefits and, at the end of the session added her name as a co-sponsor of the legislation. LGBT advocates are hopeful that similar moves toward equality will come from additional legislators who previously ran in opposition to the equality movement.

Surprising support also came from Rep. Peggy Lehner, a Republican from Kettering, who began her remarks on EHEA by noting that she is vigorously pro-life. She transitioned from discussing her pro-life views into talking about her support for EHEA by saying that “[a]n unalienable right is one which we have no right to deny. . . . What we are doing today is simply reaffirming” that. Lehner expressed that Ohioans should not be limited by others in their pursuit of happiness. Discrimination of any, she argued, limited liberty for all.

Voting YES were:
Robin Belcher (D) - District 10
Linda Bolon (D) - District 1
Todd Book (D) - District 89
Barbara Boyd (D) - District 9
Armond Budish (D) - District 8
Edna Brown (D) - District 48
John Patrick Carney (D) - District 22
Ted Celeste (D) - District 24
Kathleen Chandler (D) - District 68
Michael DeBose (D) - District 12
Timothy DeGeeter (D) - District 15
John Domenick (D) - District 95
Dan Dodd (D) - District 91
Denise Driehaus (D) - District 31
Stephen Dyer (D) - District 43
Mike Foley (D) - District 14
Nancy Garland (D) - District 20
Jennifer Garrison (D) - District 93
Ronald Gerberry (D) - District 59
Jay Goyal (D) - District 73
Robert Hagan (D) - District 60
Marian Harris (D) - District 19
Sandra Harwood (D) - District 65
Tracy Heard (D) - District 26
Joseph Koziura (D) - District 56
Tom Letson (D) - District 64
Clayton Luckie (D) - District 39
Matt Lundy (D) - District 57
Dale Mallory (D) - District 32
Mike Moran (D) - District 42
Dennis Murray (D) - District 80
Deborah Newcomb (D) - District 99
Mark Okey (D) - District 61
John Otterman (D) - District 45
Debbie Phillips (D) - District 92
Connie Pillich (D) - District 28
Raymond Pryor (D) - District 85
Allan Sayre (D) - District 96
Mark Schneider (D) - District 63
Michael Skindell (D) - District 13
Stephen Slesnick (D) - District 52
Dan Stewart (D) - District 25
Vernon Sykes (D) - District 44
Matt Szollosi (D) - District 49
Peter Ujvagi (D) - District 47
Carlton Weddington (D) - District 27
Brian Williams (D) - District 41
Sandra Williams (D) - District 11
Roland Winburn (D) - District 40
Tyrone Yates (D) - District 33
Kenny Yuko (D) - District 7

Terry Blair (R) - District 38
Matthew Dolan (R) - District 98
Cliff Hite (R) - District 76
Peggy Lehner (R) - District 37
Ross McGregor (R) - District 72

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Voting NO were:
John Adams (R) - District 78
Richard Adams (R) - District 79
Ron Amstutz (R) - District 3
Kevin Bacon (R) - District 21
Nan Baker (R) - District 16
Troy Balderson (R) - District 94
William Batchelder (R) - District 69
Louis Blessing (R) - District 29
Danny Bubp (R) - District 88
Dave Burke (R) - District 83
William Coley (R) - District 55
Courtney Combs (R) - District 54
David Daniels (R) - District 86
Timothy Derickson (R) - District 53
Clyde Evans (R) - District 87
Randy Gardner (R) - District 6
Bruce Goodwin (R) - District 74
Cheryl Grossman (R) - District 23
Robert Hackett (R) - District 84
Dave Hall (R) - District 97
Jay Hottinger (R) - District 71
Matt Huffman (R) - District 4
Kris Jordan (R) - District 2
Ron Maag (R) - District 35
Josh Mandel (R) - District 17
Jarrod Martin (R) - District 70
Jeffrey McClain (R) - District 82
Robert Mecklenborg (R) - District 30
Seth Morgan (R) - District 36
Scott Oelslager (R) - District 51
Maragret Ruhl (R) - District 90
Barbara Sears (R) - District 46
Todd Snitchler (R) - District 50
Peter Stautberg (R) - District 34
Gerald Stebelton (R) - District 5
Joe Uecker (R) - District 66
Lynn Wachtmann (R) - District 75
Jeff Wagner (R) - District 81
James Zehringer (R) - District 77

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1 comment:

Alice Thomson said...

Interesting blog!!! I read your post, it's really wonderful. Ohio is doing being a good Republican. Some Republicans feared that churches could be targeted unfairly under this law and that there were no strong exemptions with regards to the hiring practices of churches.
Thanks! And a comment reply here would be appreciated!