To Bring Bill to Floor of the House for Vote
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 1, 2016 (Cincinnati, OH) – House Bill 286, The Ohio Pastor Protection Act (Rep. Nino Vitale-Urbana) is to protect Ohio pastors and churches from being forced to participate in marriages not aligned with their beliefs, and to protect church property.
The Ohio Pastor Protection Act has had been heard in the House Community & Family Advancement Committee with only four opponent witnesses compared to 30 proponent witnesses. The bill is ready to be voted out of committee and brought to the House floor for a full vote.
Over 50% of the committee members are co-sponsors, yet political maneuvering kept the bill from a vote in committee for release before the legislative session ended for the summer.
Rep. Paul Zeltwanger has pulled a discharge petition for the Ohio Pastor Protection Act to release the bill from committee to full vote on the floor of the House when session resumes in the fall. Fifty signatures are required for release.
“With religious liberties being undermined nationwide, the Ohio Pastor Protection Act ensures that First Amendment Constitutional rights for pastors are upheld in Ohio,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “The Ohio Pastor Protection Act will help guarantee the free exercise of religion in this state.”
Action: Contact your Ohio Representative needs to be sure to sign onto the discharge petition. They can sign easily the petition any time they are in Columbus. See Ohiohouse.gov for contact information.
Message: Please support the Ohio Pastor Protection Act, HB 286 and sign the discharge petition to bring it to the floor of the House for a vote when the legislative session resumes this year.
Do NOT accept compromise bill H.B. 537 (Rep. Bill Hayes), which on the one hand permits pastors and religious organizations to opt out of same sex ceremonies, but also grants employment and housing special rights based on sexual orientation.