Proponents Of Ohio Version Of Anti-Gay Bill Will Scrap It After Outcry

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February 26, 2014 4:27 p.m.

An Ohio bill that would have effectively legitimized anti-LGBT discrimination, similar to the Arizona bill that sparked a national firestorm, will be pulled soon, according to its sponsors.

The Plain Dealer reported that the bill’s authors would remove it from consideration Wednesday. The sponsors said it was after pressure from civil rights groups.

“We thought it would be a good idea to protect people who wanted to wear their Yarmulke to work or put their Bible on their desk and not be punished in any form for that,” Rep. Bill Patmon (D) said, referencing a small-town teacher in the state who had been fired for not removing a Bible for his desk.

The authors would try to revise the bill’s language to ensure it wouldn’t enable discrimination, Patmon said.

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