Central Ohio city shelves proposed anti-discrimination law

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio city is shelving a proposal that would’ve levied fines against people discriminating in housing, business and other situations based on sexuality or gender identity.

About 200 people in Chillicothe (chihl-ih-KAWTH’-ee) attended a meeting on the idea last week.

Most attendees cheered for speakers who opposed the ordinance.

A city council committee withdrew the plan and plans to restart the process. They hope to take up an updated proposal in a few weeks.

Supporters say the city has a problem with discrimination.

A former council member says the proposal tries to fix a problem that doesn’t exist in the city.

But an ex-municipal court judge says some protection is needed because there aren’t sexual- orientation or gender identity-based legal protections.