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Ohioans Supportive of Laws Protecting LGBT Population

English: Another version of the same-sex marri...

English: Another version of the same-sex marriage map. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ohioans support laws protecting gays and lesbians from job discrimination, according to a new poll.

A survey of 1,001 Ohio adults by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute found an equal number support and oppose same-sex marriage, 47% each, while 6% said they did not know or did not answer. Forty-five percent say they would vote for a ballot initiative to allow same-sex marriage.

Petitioners are gathering signatures to put such an amendment on the ballot. Ian James, co-founder of FreedomOhio, has said his group aims to get the issue on the November 2014 ballot.

Ohioans approved constitutional language defining marriage as between one man and one woman in a misleadingly worded 2004 ballot initiative.

Ohioans are more supportive of an anti-discrimination law for gay and lesbian people, with 68% in favor of such a policy.

There is no law on the books preventing an employer from firing or refusing to hire someone because he or she is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, but 84% of Ohioans believe that practice is illegal under Ohio law.

Via Dayton Daily News.

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