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TAKE ACTION

Both the State of Ohio and the United States Congress are working on efforts to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The time to act is now. This is our time to advance America’s promise of freedom and equality for ALL. Make your voice part of history today. 

 

HB 208 / SB 119 OHIO FAIRNESS ACT

“The Ohio Fairness Act would add sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to the laws that make discrimination illegal in Ohio. That’s right—in most parts of Ohio, it’s still legal to discriminate against LGBTQ people.” – Equality Ohio

Learn More   | Take Action by calling your Darke County State Legislators today and telling them you live in Darke County and want them to vote YES on the Ohio Fairness Act. 

  • Susan Manchester (614) 466-6344
  • Jenna Powell (614) 466-8114
  • Stephen Huffman (614) 466-6247
  • Matt Huffman (614) 466-7584

 

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA EQUALITY ACT

“The Equality Act is federal legislation that would modernize our nation’s civil rights laws by including explicit protections for LGBTQ people, as well as improving protections for women, people of color, and people of all faiths. The Equality Act ensures everyone in America, including LGBTQ people, are protected from harassment and discrimination – bringing us closer to Freedom and Opportunity for All.” – Freedom and Opportunity for All

Learn More | Take Action by calling U.S. Senators Portman and Brown and telling them you live in Darke County and want them to vote YES on the Equality Act. 

  • Senator Brown (202) 224-2315
  • Senator Portman (202) 224-3353

 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

LGBTQ Americans have made major progress in the last 20 years. It’s important to know your rights. 

 

MARRIAGE & FAMILY

In 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled LGBTQ people have the right to marry across the nation. In addition, Ohio recognizes the adoption rights of single LGBTQ people and married LGBTQ couples. 

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EMPLOYMENT

In 2020, the United States Supreme Court ruled “sex” in the United States Civil Rights Act includes “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”. Discrimination against LGBTQ people in matters of employment is illegal. 

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HOUSING & HOMELESS SHELTERS

The U.S.Department of Housing & Urban Development has ruled LGBTQ+ people are protected from discrimination in housing.

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DON’T FACE DISCRIMINATION ALONE

If you have been a victim of discrimination based on your sexual orientation or gender identity, file a complaint with the following organizations: