Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

Legislators of the Day: Ohio's Voinovich, Austria and Tiberi

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 10, 2009 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics, Politics
Tags: employment discrimination, Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ENDA, George Voinovich, Ohio, Pat Tiberi, Senate, Steve Austria

Ohio is a key state in the fight for ENDA.

There are three votes in play here. Please call them today to ask for their support. Facts and contact info after the jump.

Senator George Voinovich, a Republican, indicated in July that he was undecided. He could add a 58th votes to the 57 current likely votes in the Senate. (We need 60 votes; click here for an explanation.) However, he has cosponsored a previous bill that included sexual orientation and gender identity language, and his assumed support for ENDA has even been decried by some conservatives. Call him at 614-469-6697 to support S1584.

In the House, Rep. Steve Austria, a Republican, could add a 208th vote to the 107 currently likely yes votes in the House. (We need 218.) He is considered a social conservative, and he voted no on the hate crimes bill. However, according to Wikipedia, his district ordinarily votes in moderate Republicans. There is nothing substantive to indicate where he stands on ENDA, and I am not ready to throw in the towel on Rep. Austria. Call him at 937-325-0474 to support HR3017.

Rep. Pat Tiberi, also a Republican, could add a 209th vote. He also voted no on hate crimes bills in 07 and 09, but he voted yes on ENDA in 2007. Swing state politics is likely to defy expectations, so I am hopeful about Rep. Tiberi also. Call him at 614-523-2555 to support HR3017.

The following Ohio Representatives are confirmed as yes votes on ENDA:
Steve Driehaus
Charles A. Wilson
Marcy Kaptur
Dennis J. Kucinich
Marcia L. Fudge
Mary Jo Kilroy
John A. Boccieri
Zachary T. Space

The following are likely yes votes, though they have made no public commitment as yet:
Betty Sutton
Tim Ryan

The following are likely no votes, because of their previous stances on gay rights legislation:
Jean Schmidt
Michael R. Turner
Jim Jordan
Robert E. Latta
John A. Boehner
Steven C. LaTourette

If you want to see the details of the Ohio Representatives' positions on ENDA, click here.

If you want a list of contact info for all of Ohio's Senators and Representatives, click here.

If you want to see info on the ENDA target list for the Senate, click here.


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This is a little odd, but then again everything seems rather odd to this elder Tranny who was born in Ohio in 1951 with the belief that I was THE ONLY ONE....now to find out that we are everywhere including Ohio.

Okay what was point? Oh, ummm, this is a little weird because Ohio is one of three states that still refuse to revise the birth certificates of post op transexuals like me.
Last month, I wrote to my favorite progressive, Mr. Kucinich. I first praised him as a sort of people's hero, then begged for his help in merely explaining the justification for this blatantly discriminatory policy. Never heard a word.

So does this mean he is for ENDA, but against revising my birth certificate?

Ever feel like your screaming from the bottom of your heart yet no one hears?

Sissy