An Ohio group opposed to gay rights has called a proposed bill which seeks to prohibit anti-gay discrimination “dangerous.”

The measure, introduced in the Ohio House and Senate earlier this month, would prohibit housing and workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Equal Housing and Employment Act is sponsored in the Senate by Senators Frank LaRose, a Republican from Akron, and Michael Skindell, a Democrat from Lakewood. A companion bill in the Ohio House is sponsored by Representatives Ross McGregor, a Republican from Springfield, and Nickie Antonio, a Democrat from Lakewood. Antonio was first elected in 2010, making her the House's first openly lesbian member.

In an email to supporters, CCV Action, the political arm of Citizens for Community Values, the group behind Ohio's 2004 constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples, condemned the proposal.

“A dangerous bill has been introduced into the Ohio House and Senate. The bill, under the guise of discrimination, will eliminate some religious freedoms,” the group wrote.

The group called the bill a “Trojan horse” meant to open the door to “the next level.”

“Contact your Ohio House member and Ohio senator member and stop this unfair and unjust bill that will strip religious freedom and irrationally compare homosexual behavior to the plight of African Americans. Homosexual activists have the right to have sex with whom they want but they do not have the right to force acceptance of their behavior on Ohioans, our businesses or our children.”

A recent poll conducted by Goodwin Simon Strategic Research found that 79 percent of Ohio voters support such protections.