Franklin County Commissioners say keeping a “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” out of Ohio is their goal. They passed a resolution Tuesday in their weekly General Session meeting “affirming Franklin County as an open and welcoming county for all residents and visitors.”
Commisioner Marilyn Brown said she wants the Ohio General Assembly to refrain from introducing the act and wants an amendment to the Ohio Revised Code to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This comes on the heels of Indiana passing its controversial bill and protests in that state.
Commissioners said they want dignity and equality for all people. “So truly it’s not political rhetoric but belief and belief because it is both the right thing to do and the smart thing to do for anybody in leadership– both for social justice and economic development,” said Brown.
Commissioners said they want to get a conversation started so they are delivering copies of the resolution to the Governor’s office and targeted legislators.
Reaction to the resolution was mixed. One woman called it a bunch of “hooplah” and said people are “entitled to their own opinions.”
LGBT community leader Chris Cozad said she’s glad to have the support of the commissioners. “I am not sure the resolution is a long term solution but it is certainly a statement of support and it’s sending a message, and that is the most important thing.”
“Any time a government agency stands up and says we don’t think discrimination is right it sends a message I think,” said Cozad. “It sends a message to the rest of the population that LGBT folks are deserving of protection and that they don’t already have it because I think that is the key thing–people don’t realize we are not protected.”
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