CCV Action Responds to Withdrawal of Ohio Religious Freedom Bill

CCV Action Responds to Withdrawal of Ohio Religious Freedom Bill

Yesterday, Rep. Tim Derickson (R-Butler Co) and Rep. Bill Patmon (D-Cleveland) withdrew Ohio HB 376, the Ohio Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).  This was on the heels of the media hysteria over the update to the Arizona RFRA, SB 1062, now vetoed by AZ Governor Jan Brewer.

We were quite disappointed that a bill that would have merely reiterated Ohioans’ First Amendment rights–the freedom to practice one’s sincerely held religious beliefs without threat of undue punishment by the state or other citizens–was needlessly withdrawn once “deeply misleading” criticism (as law professors called it) surfaced from same-sex marriage lobby groups.[1]

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