Survey: Ohio voters support laws protecting gay and lesbian people from employment discrimination

CINCINNATI -- As the U.S. Senate prepares to take up a historic piece of legislation supporting equal rights in the workplace, a survey released Thursday explores how Ohio voters feel about gay and lesbian discrimination in the workplace.

The Ohio Values survey was conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, a non-partisan research organization based in Washington D.C., and 883 Ohio voters participated.

The survey shows Ohio voters strongly support laws that would protect gay and lesbian people from employment discrimination.

The survey found 68 percent of the voters’ surveyed favored laws protecting gay and lesbian people against job discrimination, which means almost 7-in-10 voters.

With the exception of Ohio Tea Party voters, majorities of Ohio Republican voters, independent voters and Democratic voters favor laws protecting gay and lesbian people against employment discrimination, according to the survey.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, legislation that would prohibit bias against the LGBT community, is expected to hit the floor on the U.S. Senate this fall.

The legislation’s opponents include Senator Rob Portman, who does support marriage equality but has issue with the Bill’s details.

The surveyed concluded almost a quarter of voters surveyed believe the country is moving in the right direction.

9 On Your Side reporter Mario Ramirez contributed to this report.

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