A new system of ranking states' tolerance was released last week by The Daily Beast, a news and opinion Web site affiliated with Newsweek. It found Ohio among the country's least tolerant states: at No. 46, ahead of only Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas and Wyoming.—-
The Daily Beast describes its methodology as follows:
“Specifically, for each state we considered the number of hate crimes according to the FBI, the extent of hate-crime statutes, the number of complaints of discrimination filed through the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, the extent of fair-housing and fair-workplace laws, the percentage of residents that support same-sex marriage, the extent of legal rights for same-sex couples, and the percentage of residents that are accepting of various religions.”
Wisconsin ranked as the country's most-tolerant state, followed in the top five by Maryland, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Hawaii. Indiana and Kentucky ranked ahead of Ohio at 33 and 41, respectively. The following are the local states' results for each category ranked. For full methodology, click here.