This new session of the Ohio Legislature is already making history, simply because of who is in it. A democratic state representative from Lakewood, near Cleveland, is Ohio’s first openly-gay state lawmaker. Nickie Antonio says she’s proud of her identity, but she wants to be known for a lot more than that. She sat down recently with statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen.
Antonio supports a proposal to add sexual orientation to the list of factors that may not be used to discriminate against Ohioans, but the idea stalled last year in the Republican-controlled state Senate. And the GOP now dominates the Senate and the House.