A new analysis ranks Ohio among one of the lowest states on gay and lesbian rights.

The scorecard compiled by the group eQualityGiving.org ranks Ohio, Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi and Tennessee lowest on such issues as gay protections, marriage equality and the right to adopt. The five states each received a score of 1.5 out of 6. No state received a perfect score.

Ohio's House approved a bill that would outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations in the summer. But the effort appears dead in the Senate, whose president has called such laws unnecessary.

David Caldwell, a spokesman for Ask Cleveland, a Cleveland-based gay rights organization, said the report should be a wake up call for Ohio organizers.

“There's no question that for LGBT rights supporters, Ohio is tougher than some environments, but easier than others,” he told On Top Magazine in an email. “For too long we've been patting ourselves on the back and saying whatever little progress we make is the best that could have possibly been done.”

“We should be doing better,” he added.

Last month, Ohio Representative Tyrone K. Yates, a Democrat from Cincinnati, introduced a bill that would repeal the state's ban on gay marriage and civil unions. The legislation would authorize an early 2010 election to decide the issue. But passage in the Republican-led Senate would seem unlikely.

Four states scored high marks: California, Iowa, New Jersey and Vermont. Only Iowa and Vermont have legalized gay marriage.

Florida, the only state that specifically forbids gay adoption, also ranked low, coming in at 43 out of 50 states and the District of Columbia.

eQualityGiving.org is the four-year-old online donor community for LGBT equality founded by Juan Ahonen-Jover, PhD and Ken Ahonen-Jover, MD and is funded exclusively by the couple.