Democratic Ohio Governor Ted Strickland will issue an executive order tomorrow protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender state employees from discrimination.
Ohio, like Indiana, does not have any laws protecting the LGBT community from discrimination in employment, housing or public accommodations. Ohio law also doesn't address hate crimes based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Indiana has a similar executive order in place that was issued by Democratic Governor Frank O'Bannon. The order has been kept in place by Governors Joe Kernan (D) and Mitch Daniels (R).
While I'm happy that Governor Strickland is willing to protect LGBT state workers, when will the state offer similar protections to all citizens? Here in Indiana, our citizenry apparently isn't worthy of protections enjoyed by state workers - the legislation introduced in the last session to protect the LGBT community from discrimination wasn't even seriously considered.
Hopefully, Congress will pass ENDA and protect our community all across the country. Hopefully. Think they'll get the job done this year?