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State

    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✔ Legal
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, surgery not required
    Non-binary gender recognition
    ✔ Recognized
    Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Employment Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    ✔ Legal
    Military
    ✔ Legal
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (3-month deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
Suggest Public Opinion Data

Public Opinion

Support for LGBT protections by US state

Ranked #1 out of 50 regions surveyed. (Source: PRRI, 2018)

Question: "Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose laws that would protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people against discrimination in jobs, public accommodations, and housing?"

 
Favor (68%)

Opposition of religiously based refusals to serve gay and lesbian people

Ranked #1 out of 50 regions surveyed. (Source: PRRI, 2018)

Question: "Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose allowing a small business owner in your state to refuse to provide products or services to gay or lesbian people, if doing so violates their religious beliefs"

 
Oppose (60%)

Support of same-sex marriage by US state

Ranked #30 out of 51 regions surveyed. (Source: Pew Research, 2014)

Question: "Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally?"

(42%) Oppose
Favor (50%)

Support of homosexuality by US state

Ranked #27 out of 51 regions surveyed. (Source: Pew Research, 2014)

Question: "Which statement comes closer to your own views: homosexuality should be accepted by society OR homosexuality should be discouraged by society?"

(32%) Oppose
Support (60%)

History

Homosexual activity in Ohio

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Homosexual activity in Ohio is legal.

Current status
Since Jun 26, 2003
Legal
US Supreme Court ruling issued in Lawrence v. Texas struck down all sodomy laws on the basis of privacy and liberty. The decision overturned any laws remaining in all US states which prohibited acts of sodomy.
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Same-sex marriage in Ohio

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Same-sex marriage in Ohio is legal.

Current status
Since Jun 26, 2015
Legal
The US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
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Nov 4, 2004–Jun 26, 2015
Not legal
Constitutional amendment adopted by state wide vote in 2004. Passed with 62% of the vote. Text of amendment follows:

§ 15.11 Marriage Amendment

Only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this state and its political subdivisions. This state and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance or effect of marriage.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Ohio

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Ohio is no censorship.

Current status
No censorship
There is no laws censoring LGBT topics currently in Ohio.

However, on April 4, 2022, a bill was introduced mimicking the "Don't say gay" bill in Florida, in which schools would be forbidden from teaching LGBT topics and critical race theory. The bill was heard during the Summer and is set to be heard again in the Fall.
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Right to change legal gender in Ohio

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Right to change legal gender in Ohio is legal, surgery not required.

Current status
Since May 2021
Legal, surgery not required
Ohio's birth certificate law was struck down in December 2020 and judged discriminatory against transgender individuals. Thus, Ohio-born citizens will now be able to modify their gender marker.

There is no specific requirement to modify the gender marker, since each court will have their own ruling, but it is advised that their requirement be as accessible as possible.
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Until May 2021
Ambiguous
Only option that is not legal is changing birth certificates. Missing non binary options on documents.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Ohio

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Ohio is recognized.

Current status
Since May 2021
Recognized
While making gender marker change on birth certificates available to transgender individuals, an X gender marker option was also added for non-binary individuals.
Sources:
lgbtq.osu.edu/support/legal…~:text=The%20Ohio%20Department%20of%20Health,neutral%20gender%20marker%20(X).
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LGBT discrimination in Ohio

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LGBT discrimination in Ohio is no protections.

Current status
No protections
As of December 16, 2014, there are no legal protections for people who are LGBT in regards to employment. However, public employees of the state are protected based on both sexual orientation as well as gender identities.
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Jan 1, 2018–Sep 12, 2018
Illegal
Full discrimination protection in state employment. As well under Section VII under sex discrimination. Section VII ruled to include gender identity. As well as city discrimination protection in 22 cities and one county for sexual orientation protection. in 21 cities full discrimination protection.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Ohio

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LGBT employment discrimination in Ohio is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Since Jun 15, 2020
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Protected federally by a Supreme Court ruling.
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Until Jun 15, 2020
No protections
As of December 16, 2014, there are no legal protections for people who are LGBT in regards to employment. However, public employees of the state are protected based on both sexual orientation as well as gender identities.
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Jan 23, 2017–Sep 9, 2018
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Protection under section VII under sex discrimination covers sexual orientation and gender identity. As well protections for state employees only.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Ohio

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LGBT housing discrimination in Ohio is no protections.

Current status
No protections
This state does not provide any legal protections from discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identification.

However, the Human Rights Campaign states, "The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires grantees and participants of HUD programs to comply with local and state non-discrimination laws that include sexual orientation and gender identity.
HUD also prohibits inquiries regarding the sexual orientation or gender identity of a prospective tenant or applicant for assisted
housing in every state (March 2012)."
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Mar 1, 2012–Sep 1, 2018
Ambiguous
Various by city. Pending state wide.
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Same-sex adoption in Ohio

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Same-sex adoption in Ohio is legal.

Current status
Since Jun 26, 2015
Legal
There are no laws prohibiting Ohio same-sex adoption. Both single LGBT individuals and gay and lesbian couples are permitted to petition to adopt in the state of Ohio. Prior to the Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage in 2015, only single LGBT individuals could adopt. However, since then, same-sex couples are permitted to adopt in Ohio.
Sources:
americanadoptionsofohio.com…~:text=There%20are%20no%20laws%20prohibiting,single%20LGBT%20individuals%20could%20adopt.
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Jan 1, 1998–Sep 7, 2018
Legal
Under state and federal law. Under a ruling by the supreme court.
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1998–Jun 26, 2015
Single only
Single LGBT individuals may adopt children, but same-sex couples may not adopt jointly or by way of second parent adoption.
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Serving openly in military in Ohio

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Serving openly in military in Ohio is legal.

Current status
Since Sep 20, 2011
Legal
Don't Ask, Don't Tell is officially repealed throughout the United States, and gays and lesbians may openly serve.
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Blood donations by MSMs in Ohio

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Blood donations by MSMs in Ohio is banned (3-month deferral).

Current status
Since Apr 2, 2020
Banned (3-month deferral)
Blood donation centers follow the new FDA 3-month deferral guidance.
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Dec 21, 2015–Apr 2, 2020
Banned (1-year deferral)
Blood donation centers followed the non-binding FDA one year deferral guidance.
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1983–Dec 21, 2015
Banned (indefinite deferral)
Ban on blood donations from MSMs applies to any man who has had sex, even once, with another man on or after January 1, 1977.
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Conversion therapy in Ohio

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Conversion therapy in Ohio is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
Conversion Therapy is currently legal. No law currently bans it, despite organizations such as the American Psychological Association denouncing it.
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Dec 9, 2015–Sep 5, 2018
Ambiguous
In five cities. it is banned federally under the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act which was signed by Obama. Conversion therapy ban pending state wide.
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Equal age of consent in Ohio

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Equal age of consent in Ohio is equal.

Current status
Equal
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