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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Gay Rights Measure: U.S. House May Vote Today To Ban Job Bias

CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Cleveland and Cincinnati and a handful of other Ohio cities have already adopted local ordinances that protect workers against on-the-job-bias. Today, Rep. Barney Frank's bill outlawing employment discrimination against gay Americans is supposed to come up for a vote on the House floor. The measure has 9 cosponsors, including one Republican, retiring U.S. Rep. Deb Pryce (OH-15) who is leaving a Columbus-area seat when her term expires next year. In fact, it appears Pryce is the only Ohioan who has signed on for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007.

The bill exempts the military and a handful of other occupations.

A Kentucky blogger at The Bridge says the White House has already assured the religious right a veto can be expected if the civil-rights bill moves forward. In Ohio, gays are not covered by laws that ban employment discrimination on the basis of gender, race, religion or ethnic background. Gov. Ted Strickland issued an executive order earlier this year that outlaws jobs bias by state agencies against gays.

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