Equality Ohio

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost
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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has joined a U.S. Supreme Court case siding with states that think federal civil rights laws do not protect LGBTQ employees from workplace discrimination.

That news came as a shock to some activists, but was well received by others. 

Sen. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) is disappointed – to say the least.

“Our attorney general has entered into weighing in and support of a push to discriminate against a group of people. That is appalling,” Antonio said.

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A conservative Christian organization is filing a lawsuit against an Ohio city for its laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The group says it threatens the freedoms of a Catholic college prep school. 

The Lyceum, a Catholic college preparatory school, is suing the city of South Euclid for its laws protecting LGBTQ people. 

Equality Ohio Opens LGBTQ Free Legal Clinic

Mar 26, 2019
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An Ohio LGBTQ advocacy group has launched a new service to help citizens with legal questions and problems.  

Equality Ohio is offering a free clinic to guide LGBT citizens through legal dilemmas they may face. Managing Legal Director Maya Simek said her office gets many questions related to discrimination as well as divorces, adoptions and other family law. She said the clinic will direct citizens to resources they can trust.

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LGBTQ advocates are cautiously optimistic about the future of an executive order signed by Gov. John Kasich that bars discrimination against transgender state employees.

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A bill that sponsors say ensures religious freedom when it comes to marriage ceremonies is moving through the Ohio Legislature. However, opponents are urgently trying to stop the so-called “Pastor Protection Act,” saying it overreaches and creates more opportunities to discriminate. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

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A bill that two conservative Republican lawmakers say asserts a parent’s right to decide if their transgender child should undergo treatment is getting strong pushback from an LGBTQ rights group. 

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A proposed Ohio law that would ban discrimination for LGBTQ people is seeing a new wave of support. Business groups say sexual orientation and gender identification should be considered protected classes in Ohio.

A coalition of hundreds of businesses is calling on lawmakers to pass the bill. They’re backed by chambers of commerce around the state.

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Youngstown has a new law to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The nonprofit group Equality Ohio helped the city create the laws.

Grant Stancliff is the communications director at Equality Ohio and says that Youngstown now has the gold standard of LGBT protection.