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Year in Review: Landmark Animal Rights Deal Never Materialized

29, 2010

Some unfinished business from 2010 could become front burner issues in 2011, including an agreement that was made last summer between animal rights activists, farmers and the state. As part of our series looking back at 2010 in state government and politics, Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles takes a look at a deal that was struck but never materialized.

Gay Rights Activists Push To Expand Civil Rights Law

May 27, 2009

Gay rights advocates are once again pushing Ohio legislators to expand the state’s civil rights law. The activists say that sexual orientation should be added to the list of other factors that are already banned as the basis for discrimination — for example, race, religion, national origin, gender, and age. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports that — even though more and more lawmakers appear ready to co-sponsor the measure, it still faces an uphill battle.

Ohio Religious Leaders Push For Expansion Of Civil Rights.

14, 2008

About a hundred religious leaders across Ohio are pushing for an expansion of the state’s civil rights law that bans discrimination in housing, hiring, public accommodations, and credit. In addition to the current ban on discrimination based on race, gender, nationality, and religion…they want to add sexual orientation.

Advocates Push Gay-Rights Bill

11, 2008

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers says a bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation has its best chance of passage this year.

Mandated 12-week pregnancy plan is in jeopardy

30, 2007

A proposed new rule that the Ohio Civil Rights Commission approved, requiring most Ohio companies to offer 12 weeks of unpaid pregnancy and maternity leave to female workers, appears to be in trouble. Monday Dec. 3, a special government rule-review committee plans to look at the rule. And a co-chair of the panel says members could vote to invalidate it.

Universities Examine Academic Freedom Policies

4, 2006

Under the threat of legislation, some universities in Ohio are re-examining their policies on academic freedom and intellectual diversity. Conservative lawmakers across the country say students are subject to harassment by liberal professors. And states such as New York are considering legislation known as the ‘academic bill of rights.’ Legislative action in Ohio has stalled while the state’s universities undertake a voluntary review. WOSU’s Sam Hendren reports

Voice of Civil Rights bus tour captures memories of the movement

4, 2004

The “Voices of Civil Rights” bus tour passed through Columbus recently. It was part of a 22-city tour aimed at gathering the stories of people involved with the the U.S. civil rights movement.