Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- A proposal in the Ohio legislature to prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is poised to go further than it ever has.
The legislation will get a floor vote in the democratic-controlled house when lawmakers return next week. But the GOP-controlled senate remains skeptical, saying it amounts to a mandate on businesses.
The Human Rights Campaign says 12 states prohibit discrimination based on both sexual orientation and gender identity.
Backers, including the Cleveland Clinic, say it would help achieve a talented and diverse work force.
Opponents, such as citizens for community values, say it would discriminate against those with deeply held religious beliefs.
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