Last year, Bowling Green, OH was one of several Ohio jurisdictions to adopt inclusive human rights ordinances that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. But, as happened, last year in Kalamazoo, MI opponents of equality have collected enough signatures to put the Bowling Green ordinances on the November ballot.
NCTE believes that human rights should not be put to a popular vote. But we also know that these battles are winnable. Despite hateful messages and ugly tactics by the other side, we won overwhelmingly in Kalamazoo, and in Gainesville, FL before that. Equality opponents are bound to press the same lies and fear-mongering in Bowling Green.
Local activists have formed the Bowling Green Coalition for Justice to defend the ordinances, and will be working closely with Equality Ohio and Trans Ohio through November. NCTE encourages everyone who supports equality to donate, volunteer, and spread the word to support this campaign.