I’m a little late with my post on the passing of the “Equal Housing and Employment Act” by the Ohio House. But hey, blogging doesn’t pay the bills (yet?).

So there’s already been coverage of supposedly moderate Ohio Republicans voting against it despite their previous support for non-descrimination legislation (talking about you, Josh Mandel).

And everyone was shocked by Democrat Jennifer Garrison’s support given her horrible past record on LGBT rights.

But I think one of the more remarkable facts behind this story is that five Republicans did the right thing and voted for it. Reps. Blair, Dolan, Hite, Lehner and McGregor (according to Law Dork).

I was reading about Republican Rep. Cliff Hite from Findlay in today’s Findley Courier and I thought he deserved a shout out for doing the right thing.

Rep. Hite represents a very conservative district and it takes balls to stand up and say: “To me it was pretty simple, If you can fire someone from a job simply because they are gay, it is wrong. It all boils down to protecting everyone’s civil rights, not just those of certain people.”

Unfortunately, I don’t think many – if any – of the Republicans in the State Senate are going to follow Hite’s lead by voting the right way on this legislation.

  • of course it’s not going to pass in the senate. that’s been the whole point all along. i hate moral victories the most.

    but let me get something straight. it’s wrong to discriminate against gays in the workplace but fine and dandy to discriminate against them when it comes to the benefits of marriage?

    um…ok. will this type of self-serving hypocrisy just die? please?

  • I’ve pretty much given up on the Ohio General Assembly passing any good legislation.

    But it’s really pissing me off that we finally have a majority nationally and we’re pissing it away arguing on the Republican’s terms.

    Pass health care. Legalize gay marriage. Fix the shit the Republicans fucked up when they were in charge.

    For once we don’t need Republican support for something.

    And you know if the situation was reversed they would be doing exactly the same thing.

  • Word!

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