As a faith leader with deep roots here in Ohio, I hope that our U.S. senators — Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown — will work together to find common ground that ensures fairness and equality for all Americans. For decades, Congress has neglected its responsibility to protect LGBTQ Americans — but with both parties now offering proposals to add nondiscrimination protections to the law, 2021 could finally be the year to get that job done.

I look to Sens. Portman and Brown to help work out the details of this crucial legislation.

For the past 14 years, I’ve served as associate pastor of First Baptist Church of Dayton, a Welcoming and Affirming congregation that invites everyone, including LGBTQ individuals and their families, into the full life of our faith community. It was at First Baptist Church that I married my husband Kerby shortly after the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality nationwide in 2015.

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