Ohio House bill targets discrimination against gays, transgender people; Budish promises vote

Cleveland.com – by Aaron Marshall – Plain Dealer Reporter

Columbus – If House Speaker Armond Budish gets his way, legislation making it illegal to discriminate against Ohioans because of their sexual orientation or gender identity soon will become state law.

Budish said this week that he will bring the anti-discrimination measure for a vote on the House floor when state lawmakers return from summer break in September. House Bill 176 adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of classifications for which it is illegal to discriminate for housing, employment and public-accommodation purposes.