Bowling Green banned discrimination in employment, public accommodation and housing

Yesterday, we had a setback when the Mayor of Anchorage vetoed an anti-discrimination ordinance. But, yesterday, progress was made in Ohio. Bowling Green banned discrimination yesterday in several key areas — and the new laws are inclusive. From Equality Ohio’s press release:

At the standing room only Bowling Green City Council meeting on Monday evening, August 17, 2009, Council members voted with bi-partisan support to enact a Human Rights Ordinance banning discrimination in Bowling Green based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment and public accommodation. The ordinance passed 6-1. A sepatate ordinance banning discrimination in housing passed unanimously.

“To all of you who have written letters, talked to your neighbors, talked at council meetings, and been willing to stand up for justice and equality…..THANK YOU!” said Equality Bowling Green representative, Jane Rosser, “everyone has brought great energy and commitment to this campaign, and we have created change in our community. Now we have to be prepared to protect the ordinances and to continue the work of educating.”

“Having watched the people of Bowling Green work hard on this ordinance for nearly a year now, I am truly inspired by the hard work, planning and dedication of Equality Bowling Green and Council member John Zanfardino,” said Equality Ohio Program Manager, Kim Welter. “We were proud to offer our support to Equality Bowling Green’s efforts.”

Bowling Green joins Toledo, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Oxford, Yellow Springs as the seventh city in Ohio to enact a fully inclusive law. There are an additional ten cities that protect based on sexual orientation only.


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