Group gives Cincinnati perfect score for LGBTQ policies and practices

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Updated: Oct. 19, 2017 at 4:57 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Human Rights Campaign, a group promoting the rights of LGBTQ groups, has given Cincinnati a score of 100 on its Municipal Equality Index.

The group researches city ordinances, policies such as local non-discrimination laws, providing transgender-inclusive health benefits for city employees and offering LGBTQ-inclusive city services.

The average score for cities in Ohio is 87 out of 100 points, which falls above the national average of 57.

Mayor John Cranley released the following statement on the rating:

"I am thrilled that for four consecutive years Cincinnati has earned a perfect score on the Municipal Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign. In 2014, for the first time in our City's history, we received the highest possible score and we continue to hold that standard. It is an honor to be given this designation from an organization committed to protecting the civil rights of our LGBTQ community nationwide.

I have spent my career fighting for equality and working to make our city more inclusive. As a city council member, I expanded the City's hate crimes law to include crimes against someone based on his, her, or their sexual orientation. And just hours after the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriages legal, I was overjoyed to participate in a celebration on Fountain Square where I personally performed four same-sex wedding ceremonies.

I am proud that my administration continues to promote, ensure and advocate for equality.  This recognition truly represents the values of our City."

View Cincinnati's complete rating from the Human Rights Campaign here.

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