Rabidly anti-LGBT Republican Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder rejected a Democratic Minority Leaders request to add LGBT protections to the House’s anti-discrimination policy on Tuesday.
Householder’s decision means that Ohio House staff are the ONLY employees across all three branches of Ohio state government that are not protected by an anti-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation.
Minority Leader Emilia Sykes’ of Akron who made the request asked Householder why he decided not to include LGBT protections in the policy. He insanely told her it was because Ohio’s anti-discrimination law doesn’t include LGBT individuals.
The Ohio Senate’s anti-discrimination policy covers sexual orientation, and Gov. Mike DeWine issued an executive order upon taking office continuing his predecessor and fellow Republican John Kasich’s ban on employment discrimination in state agencies based on “gender identity or expression.”
The Ohio Supreme Court and the offices of the Ohio secretary of state, attorney general, state treasurer, and state auditor – all controlled by Republicans – each also have anti-discrimination policies based on sexual orientation, according to spokespeople from the respective offices.
Gail Crawley, he spokeswoman for Householder replied with an email Tuesday about his decision stating:.
“The Ohio House of Representatives values its staff and is committed to an inclusive, professional work environment,” Crawley said in a statement. “It is the ongoing practice of the Ohio House to evaluate employees based on their knowledge, skills and abilities.”
Householder is a notoriously known anti-immigration, anti-choice and anti-LGBT bigot known for most recently using his clout to shut down a Drag Queen Story-hour and PRIDE event at the Delaware County library.
I sent this letter to the Ohio Library Council today. Our public libraries are great resources for young & old alike. But they should not be a resource for teenage boys to learn how to dress in drag. I demand it stop now !!! pic.twitter.com/RpM8Wds1KB— Speaker Larry Householder (@HouseholderOH) May 31, 2019