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PRESS RELEASE: Judge Black’s Decision Will Be Overturned – NEW Poll Enclosed

April 14th, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

April 14, 2014
Contact: Phil Burress, Chairman, Citizens for Community Values Action (CCVA) 513-403-7441

New Poll Shows Decline in Support for Same-Sex Marriage

A new independent poll of 405 registered Ohio voters confirms a decline in support for same-sex marriage in Ohio. The poll was commissioned by Citizens for Community Values Action (CCVA) and conducted during the week of March 31 – April 3.

Highlights of the poll show:

1)    Only 33% of respondents are certain they would vote to allow marriage between two people of the same sex. Correspondingly, 52% of people are certain to vote to keep marriage as only between one man and one woman.

2)    55% do not think it is necessary to have another vote this year on homosexual marriage.

3)    On the question, “Do you personally agree or disagree that marriage should only be between a man and a woman?”  56% agreed and 34% disagreed, with 9% don’t know/no response.

4)    89% of those polled are either absolutely (66%) or very likely (23%) to vote.

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OUTRAGEOUS: Ohio Candidates Oppose Religious Freedom

March 21st, 2014

Mr. Ed FitzGerald and Mr. David Pepper Come Out AGAINST Religious Freedom

Religious liberty has been in the news a lot recently. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) has made headlines and sparked debate. Unfortunately, rather than contribute to quality discourse over the merits of RFRA bills throughout the country, some Ohio politicians have attacked religious freedom in order to earn cheap political points with the radical social agenda of their base.

Background

In 1993, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 was introduced in the House of Representatives by now-Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY). It passed the Democrat-controlled House virtually unanimously and passed the Senate by a vote of 97-3. Even Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid voted for RFRA. This nearly unanimous bipartisan bill was then signed into law by President Clinton who said, “I have tried to be faithful to that tradition that we have of the First Amendment.”

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ACTION ALERT: Thank Ohio AG For Standing Up For Religious Freedom

March 18th, 2014

Last week, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine was unjustly attacked by political opponents for merely doing his job and defending the foundational civil liberties of all Americans. CCV Action encourages you to send Attorney General DeWine a brief note thanking him for standing in the gap for Ohioans’ and Americans’ First Amendment rights.

DeWine joined attorney generals in 19 other states in filing an amicus brief in support of the Green family in the Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. case before the U.S. Supreme Court. (Filing an amicus brief stating a legal point of view is an important part of appellate jurisprudence and part of the role of an AG). You will recall that the HHS mandate in Obamacare forces employers to pay for employees’ contraception, including several varieties of contraception that are known to be abortifacients.

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Natural Marriage Has No Equal

March 3rd, 2014

Citizens for Community Values Action (CCVA) learned recently that Mr. Ed FitzGerald candidate for Ohio Governor and Mr. David Pepper candidate for Ohio Attorney General both Democrats support overturning Ohio Constitution that defines natural marriage as a union of one man and one woman. At the same time they support legalizing same-sex marriage in Ohio. Both candidates also opposed Ohio’s Religious Freedom Amendment HB-376. These two candidates are listed as “unacceptable for public office“.

Click here to read a statements concerning both issues.

CCV Action Responds to Withdrawal of Ohio Religious Freedom Bill

February 27th, 2014

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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PRESS ADVISORY: Top Law Professors’ Letter to Gov. Brewer on Religious Freedom Relates to Ohio

February 26th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Charles Tassell, Assistant to the President (513) 652-5035

Press Advisory

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:

  1. It clarifies individuals’ freedom from state or local violation of their religious expression.
  2. 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.

ACTION ALERT: Protect Ohio’s Right to Define Marriage

February 26th, 2014

Please  send a pre-written letter to our U.S. Senators encouraging them to co-sponsor The State Marriage Defense Act.

As our friends at FRC state, “The State Marriage Defense Act of 2014 (S. 2024), introduced last month by Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), affirms a state’s right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman and prevents the federal government from undermining a state’s definition of marriage.

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CCV IN THE NEWS: Ohio Same-Sex Marriage Groups Allude to Real Agenda

February 13th, 2014

Pay attention to the words we have bolded in the Columbus Dispatch article in which CCV’s Phil Burress is quoted. Michael Premo, the campaign manager sent in from New Jersey for Equality Ohio’s “Why Marriage Matters” campaign, has just alluded to their true beliefs about religious freedom: an inconvenient obstruction in the way of their agenda.

The campaign to legalize same-sex marriage is not just about same-sex marriage; it’s also about undermining religious freedom and eventually even forcing churches (“religious institutions”) to perform same-sex marriages.

Tuesday, you read Joseph Backholm’s article about what’s transpiring in Washington state after they legalized same-sex marriage. Before Christmas, you read about how same-sex marriage activists turned on and tried to kill religious protections once they had enough votes in New Jersey. You’ve read the Undeniable stories about attacks on religious freedom.

You’ve seen where Americans who disagree with homosexual behavior or activities (like same-sex wedding ceremonies) are being forced to violate their beliefs or face punishment by the State. Now we’re getting an indication of what same-sex marriage could mean for people of faith, small businesses, religious schools, even pastors and churches right here in Ohio.

Show Your Support for Religious Freedom and the Ohio RFRA Bill

January 31st, 2014

NEW Update Page for Ohio RFRA: Check it Out & Show Your Support by Sending a Brief Letter in Support of the Bill

The Ohio Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is currently in the House Judiciary Committee. In order to keep you updated on the bill’s progress, CCV Action has just published a NEW webpage devoted to the Ohio RFRA.

This page will serve to update you on the progress of the Ohio RFRA bill as well as provide you with corresponding ways to show your support and help the bill move forward into law. The page contains background on the bill, resources, current status updates, and ways to help right now!

Check out the new page and SHARE it with your friends:
http://www.ccvaction.org/show-your-support-for-religious-freedom-and-the-ohio-rfra-bill/

Currently, the best way that you can help the bill is to write a brief Letter of Support.

Go the bottom of the Ohio RFRA webpage (link listed above) for guidelines and brief instructions–it’s very easy and not time-consuming. Your letter of support, presented to the Committee Chair along with hundreds more, is a powerful, effective way to move the bill forward!

Please write your letter of support as soon as possible and CLICK HERE to email us a copy (a WORD document is fine).

Thank You!

License Denied Late Term Abortionist Martin Haskell

January 21st, 2014

Sharonville Ohio’s dirty stigma  as an abortion city is lifted! The Ohio Department of Health has denied notorious late term abortionist, Martin Haskell, a license to operate his Women’s Med Center abortion facility in this city. The facility’s operations are to cease effective February 4, 2014.

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