State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today released a statement of support following her address to Westerville City Council’s public forum last night on the city’s proposed LGBTQ+ nondiscrimination ordinance.
“I applaud the City of Westerville for seizing the opportunity to protect and value Ohio citizens and workers,” said Rep. Lightbody. “This ordinance sends a welcoming message to those who want to live in a safe and thriving environment at a time when action is slow statewide.”
The Columbus-area lawmaker’s statement follows a new directive issued by Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) on Friday that failed to extend nondiscrimination protections to LGBTQ+ House employees despite Democratic requests to the Speaker to include the provisions during the drafting process.
Ohio remains one of 28 states where individuals can be denied jobs, housing and services based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In Ohio, more than two dozen communities have enacted ordinances protecting LGBTQ+ residents, but the majority of Ohioans still have no protections from discrimination.
Ohio currently has the sixth largest LGBTQ+ population in the nation.