Olmsted Falls is the Latest Ohio City to Pass LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance

By Adam Polaski • March 29, 2017 • 9:53 am

Great news out of Ohio this week! Just one day after Akron, the fifth largest city in the Buckeye State, passed a local ordinance prohibiting discrimination between sexual orientation and gender identity, Olmsted Falls also passed a similar ordinance.

It’s the latest in a banner year for Ohio cities and towns, several of which have passed LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances. From Cleveland updating its ordinance to fully protect transgender people to Newark unanimously voting to approve its ordinance last July, a large number of Ohio cities – 18 now, with Olmsted Falls – have extended protections from discrimination to LGBT residents.

When municipalities embrace non-discrimination protections that cover the LGBT community, they set an example for other cities and towns in their state – and, more broadly, the nation. Hundreds of cities and towns over the past 40 years have voted to protect residents from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, because they know it’s the right thing to do and that no one should face discrimination because of who they are or who they love.

“Thank you, everybody who testified and believed that LGBTQ people are welcome in your community,” Equality Ohio wrote today. Equality Ohio, along with many other supporters of LGBT non-discrimination in Akron, have been working toward this ordinance for many weeks, and Equality Ohio has been working toward prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in cities across the state. Freedom for All Americans congratulates all involved on this huge win and the momentum it signals toward statewide protections.

Just this week, statewide Rep. Nickie Antonio introduced legislation in the Ohio Legislature expanding non-discrimination protections in housing and employment to LGBT people across the state. Lawmakers should see the momentum happening throughout Ohio and enact statewide protections so that no one faces discrimination because of who they are or who they love.

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