FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Charles Tassell, Assistant to the President (513) 652-5035
Subject: Top Law Professors’ Letter to Gov. Brewer on Religious Freedom
*Paragraphs 5 & 6 relate directly to Ohio’s HB 376 and its “person-to-person” language.
Similar to Arizona’s bill, Ohio HB 376 is modeled on and directly quotes the bipartisan federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that was signed into law by President Clinton in 1993.
Under the City of Boerne v. Flores (1997), the U.S. Supreme Court instructed states to pass their own RFRA’s. The Arizona law was initiated to address two ambiguities common to current RFRA’s:
- It clarifies individuals’ freedom from state or local violation of their religious expression.
- It clarifies that “people are covered when sued by a private citizen invoking state or local law to demand that they violate their religion.”
The First Amendment demands tolerance for all beliefs; it’s past time in Ohio for Religious Freedom to be restored and allow people the freedom to believe and practice their faith.