Cuyahoga County becomes first in the state to adopt legislation that protects the LGBTQ community

Cleveland - It was a historic night in Cuyahoga County as it became the first in the state to adopt legislation to add protections to those in the LGBTQ community.

On Tuesday, council members approved the proposal that would include sexual orientation and gender identity to classes already covered by state law.

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Cuyahoga County will also create a commission on human rights. 

Currently, many local cities already offer protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The American Civil Liberties Union was in support of the measure and ultimately would like to see these protections rolled out in all 88 counties in Ohio.

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