After Orlando, Ohio democrats renew focus on LGBT protections

In this June 27, 2015, file photo, gay marriage plaintiff Jim Obergefell, center, waves during the Cincinnati Pride parade in Cincinnati. The anniversary of that ruling is part of the inspiration for a renewed push for LGBT protections in Ohio.

In this June 27, 2015, file photo, gay marriage plaintiff Jim Obergefell, center, waves during the Cincinnati Pride parade in Cincinnati. The anniversary of that ruling is part of the inspiration for a renewed push for LGBT protections in Ohio. AP Photo/John Minchillo, File

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Several Democratic state lawmakers plan to host forums around Ohio this summer highlighting three bills addressing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.

One bill would ban therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of minors. Another would include sexual orientation and gender identity under “biased-motivated crime.”

A third sets out to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations.

The renewed focus on the legislation follows the killings of 49 people in a gay nightclub in Florida, and Sunday’s anniversary of the court ruling that effectively legalized gay marriage.

The lawmakers want the Republican-controlled Ohio House to act on the bills.

A spokeswoman for the House GOP caucus says members will have a chance to discuss the bills after summer break.

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