You're Gay, you're fired and yes, it's legal in Ohio

Published: Jun. 30, 2015 at 3:05 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 30, 2015 at 11:08 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Despite the landmark US Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage, the laws in 28 states still do not protect employees from being fired simply because they're gay.

According to Equity Ohio, you can also be denied housing because you're gay. "[They could say] I'm sorry we are all filled up despite there being an ad in the paper," said John Boggess who is a board member.

Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana are among the 28 states Boggess said. There was an effort to get the law changed which passed the Ohio House, but failed in the Senate.

Only 14 cities in Ohio, including Cincinnati prevent such discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender. Outside of those cities, some business can also deny gays their business.

"In Ohio if you're a baker and a same sex couple comes to you and says for our wedding we'd like you to bake us a cake…that baker can say no I don't want to," said FOX19 NOW Legal analyst Mike Allen. "If it's a public accommodation like a restaurant you can't refuse to serve someone. There has to be a valid reason for it. Being gay at least to this point has not been a valid reason for it."

The owner of Funky's Catering locating in Bond Hill has an interesting take on the subject. Michael Forgus believes marriage is between one man and one woman, but feels that should not play into his business.

"I would never discriminate against someone because I think that would be completely out of God's plan," Forgus said.

Equity Ohio wants people to call their legislators and encourage them to change the law statewide.

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