Cuyahoga County Council passes anti-discrimination ordinance

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CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio — Cuyahoga County Council on Tuesday evening passed an anti-discrimination ordinance.

Council voted 8 to 3 to approve a Commission on Human Rights that would provide an appeal process for people discriminated against, specifically the LGBTQ community, when seeking housing, work, or public accommodations, like in restaurants.

If someone believes they were discriminated against, they would be able take that complaint to the Cuyahoga County Commission on Human Rights, which could level civil penalties if it finds discrimination did occur.

It gives protection and recourse to residents in 53 Ohio cities, villages, and townships.

The ordinance was controversial because those against the law say it could infringe on constitutional rights. Opponents worried the provisions for transgender people could lead to safety issues in public places for children

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