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'Family' definition up before Human Rights Commission

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Columbus Human Rights Commission will consider a rule change Wednesday that broadens the definition of families for fair housing purposes. 

The commission will hold a public hearing on the change at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday in City Council Chambers at City Hall, 123 Washington St. The commission's monthly meeting begins at 4:30 p.m.

The city's fair housing law bans discrimination in housing on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation or gender opportunities. According to the draft amendment, the proposed change would add a sentence to the statute: 

"In housing, the definition of 'family' includes families regardless of the actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status of its members."

More details in Tuesday's Republic.

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