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On the federal level, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, was instrumental in getting an employment non-discrimination measure passed in the Senate but it never passed the House.
Antonio said the push to update Ohio’s civil rights to add protections for LGBT people has been going on for more than a decade. She said she remains optimistic that she can convince her colleagues to embrace the bill this time around. But there are no Republican co-sponsors — a sign that it faces an uphill battle.
In June 2015 in a case originating in Ohio, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the right for same-sex couples to marry is constitutionally guaranteed.
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