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Ohio Gov. Removes the ‘T’ from LGBT Anti-Discrimination Order

January 23, 2011

John Kasich

 

The new Governor of Ohio John Kasich allowed his predecessors executive order prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity expire.  However, post-expiration.  The Governor signed his own new executive order.  Once again it prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation for state-government employment, but noticeably missing is gender identity.  I think PHB is right. It appears the Governor is rolling the dice expecting that such a small minority won’t be able to put up much of a fight and gives him an opportunity to appease right-wing conservatives.  Maybe it’s more personal.  Afraid of running into a T you might know??

His office is quoted as stating “The Governor is opposed to discrimination in state employment and has made that clear in this executive order in the way that he feels is most appropriate.”.  What?? ‘the way he feels is most appropriate’?  So Gov… it’s ok to just hate on some people because you’re ignorant?  This is bullshit.  You don’t get to represent how you ‘feel’ as governor.  It’s your responsibility as it was your predecessors to protect the rights of your citizens, not pick out who you like.   So now what, those T’s who are now in state government can expect to be terminated without retribution because it ‘feels most appropriate’ to you?

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order yesterday setting an anti-discrimination policy for state-government employment and announced the retirement of a cabinet appointee after two weeks on the job.

Kasich said in his campaign that he would continue a 2007 order from former Gov. Ted Strickland that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, but Kasich’s order leaves out “gender identity.”

The new governor’s order protects state employees or candidates for state employment from discrimination based on “race, color, religion, gender, national origin (ancestry), military status (past, present or future), disability, age (40 years or older), genetic information, or sexual orientation.”

…Kasich had said in response to a Dispatch questionnaire that he would continue Strickland’s 2007 order, and the question specifically mentioned gender identity.

Asked why Kasich decided to omit it, spokesman Scott Milburn replied: “The governor is opposed to discrimination in state employment and has made that clear in this executive order in the way that he feels is most appropriate.”

via Pam’s House Blend:: Rolling Back Civil Protections For Transgender People In Ohio.

Governor Kasich… I’ve got a video that ‘feels most appropriate’ for you:

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