Last week, GCP submitted proponent testimony supporting the passage of Senate Bill 11 (SB 11), or the Ohio Fairness Act, to the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee. SB 11 was introduced by Senator Nickie Antonio, who represents the western third of Cleveland and some nearby westside suburbs, in early February and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Speaking of the bill, Antonio stated, “It is a fair proposal that will simply give people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender the same freedom to work, the same freedom to live where they choose, and the same full, equal participation in society, just as anyone else in Ohio.”
In its testimony, GCP highlighted its history of support for statewide protections of the LGBTQ community. For example, GCP joined Ohio Business Competes, a non-partisan coalition of more than 600 companies and organizations—including member companies like Eaton, Sherwin-Williams, and KeyBank—that is committed to achieving nondiscrimination policies at the state level in order to attract the best talent, to increase business-to-business and business-to-consumer relationships, and to grow Ohio’s economy. GCP believes that the Ohio legislature acting to ensure that basic civil rights of all Ohioans are protected remains a critical part of the work we must do to create the economic conditions for our state, and its residents, to thrive.
GCP Testifies in Support of Ohio Fairness Act