Newark, Ohio Is the Latest City to Enact A Comprehensive Local LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance

By Megan Clayton • July 6, 2016 • 4:27 pm

Advocates for LGBT equality in Ohio and across the country are celebrating today as the City of Newark becomes the latest to join the ranks of the more than 200 cities nationwide whose local ordinances protect LGBT people from discrimination.

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Yesterday the 10-member Newark City Council unanimously passed an ordinance expanding LGBT non-discrimination protections to housing, employment and public accommodations. The city also for the first time added protections for transgender people. The new ordinance expands these comprehensive protections to “all aspects of Newark’s codified ordinances,” including city government employment.

The new ordinance is the latest in a groundswell of local actions aimed at protecting and supporting LGBT Ohioans. According to Equality Ohio, Newark is the 16th city in the state to pass an LGBT-inclusive local non-discrimination ordinance. The city of Lakewood became the 15th last month. Earlier in the year, the City of Dayton was one of several municipalities across the country that banned city-funded travel to Mississippi and North Carolina in protest of those states’ recently passed anti-LGBT laws.

Newark’s updated ordinance was introduced by council member Jeremy Blake, who is gay. He and other proponents of updating the ordinance hope that yesterday’s display of unity will spur lawmakers in Columbus to pass comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination protections statewide.

Congratulations to the advocates in Newark who pushed for this updated policy. FFAA stands with you in urging lawmakers in Columbus—and in Washington—to enact laws that ensure all Ohioans and all Americans are protected from discrimination.


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