gay rights en Historic Gay Rights Bill Passes Senate With Portman's Support <p>The U.S. Senate passed a bill Thursday that bans workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) joined a handful of Republicans in the Senate to support the measure.</p><p>The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, would prohibit employers from hiring, firing or promotion practices based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Portman joined the Democratic majority to back the bill, but only after his amendment was added that exempted religious employers from ENDA.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 19:53:34 +0000 Emily McCord 41752 at Historic Gay Rights Bill Passes Senate With Portman's Support SCOTUS Shoots Down Key Provision of DOMA <p></p><p>With the Supreme Court’s affirmation that the federal government cannot discriminate against married couples of the same sex, a key provision of <em>T</em><em>he</em> <em>Defense of Marriage Act</em>, those couples residing in Ohio <u>should</u> now be eligible for the same federal benefits and programs available to heterosexual married couples - tax breaks, pension rights and other benefits.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 23:04:36 +0000 Jerry Kenney 35321 at Boy Scouts of America Lifts Ban on Gay Scouts <p></p><p>On Thursday, May 23, 2013, the Boy Scouts of America National Council voted to ease a long-standing ban and allow openly gay boys to be accepted as scouts. But, as WYSO’s Jerry Kenney reports, not all of the controversial issue was settled.</p><p>About 1,400 voting members of nation's leading youth organization, cast their ballots at an annual meeting in Dallas, Texas. More than 60 percent of those voting supported the proposal to life the ban.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 05:26:15 +0000 Jerry Kenney 33664 at Boy Scouts of America Lifts Ban on Gay Scouts WYSO Weekend: March 4, 2012 <p>Full episode of WYSO Weekend for March 4, 2012 containing the following stories:</p><p>-Wayne Baker interviews Springfield City Commissioner, Karen Duncan about Springfield&#39;s proposed amendment to the City&#39;s anti-discrimination code to include gay municipal workers.</p><p>-This week&#39;s installment of PoliticsOhio: <a href="post/politicsohio-former-gop-chairman-says-primary-no-other">Former GOP Chairman Says This Primary Like No Other</a>, by Ellen Belcher</p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 15:30:00 +0000 Jerry Kenney 12487 at Springfield city commissioners to vote on gay rights' issue <p>After nearly a year&nbsp;of discussion, the Springfield City&nbsp;Commissioners will vote&nbsp;Tuesday evening&nbsp;on legislation that&nbsp;would add sexual orientation to the city&#39;s non-discrimination&nbsp;code.</p><p>A group called Equality Springfield approached&nbsp;city commissioners last April asking them to draft legislation that would&nbsp;make it a crime to discriminate against&nbsp;gay&nbsp;city workers.</p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 21:04:37 +0000 Wayne Baker 12125 at