Special Rights Bill Introduced in Ohio – Again!
Here we go again!
A dangerous bill has been introduced into the Ohio House and Senate. The bill, under the guise of discrimination, will eliminate some Religious freedoms. The proposed law is titled the Equal Housing and Employment Act. If passed, the bill seeks to add “sexual orientation and “gender identity” to the protected list of gender, race, age, religion, that are punishable on the basis of discrimination. It is estimated that seventeen Ohio cities have passed these so-called anti-discrimination ordinances. However, we can not find one documented case where discrimination has actually been proven. If mass discrimination is not occurring then why do they want to pass this bill?
Answer: Like Obamacare, it’s what comes after they pass this Bill that matters. We now know, after twenty years, that these discrimination laws are a disguised Trojan horse. For example, once homosexual activists get discrimination laws on the books, they will then move to the next level and force businesses to include anti-discrimination polices or will disallow them from doing business with the city or state. Another example was this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Cincinnati. Homosexual activists were told they could not participate in the parade and cried discrimination as the reason. Cincinnati passed an anti-discrimination ordinance and a second ordinance has now been introduced. Building upon the first anti-discrimination ordinance, the new ordinance says it’s discriminatory to not allow homosexual activists into any parade if the City pays any of the fees, such as cleaning up after the parade. They call it equality – we call it bullying and an attack on Religious freedoms.
On November 25, 1992 Cincinnati City Council passed a similar ordinance claiming homosexual activists were just like African Americans and deserved to be treated as a minority class. An organization associated with CCV, called Equal Rights not Special Rights, led the effort to collect 20,000 signatures and the issue was placed on the ballot. The people of Cincinnati voted in 1993 to change Article XII of the City Charter from allowing the City Council to pass any laws based on sexual orientation.
The voters approved the change by a 62%-38% majority. The vote proved that the choice of someone’s bed partner does not classify them as a minority class entitled to preferential treatment or special rights. This disproves the popular idea being spread today that equates the push of homosexual activists to that of African Americans and the civil rights fight in the 1960’s. The change to the City Charter was then challenged in the Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals by homosexual activists. The Federal Court ruled not once, but twice unanimously, that the people of Cincinnati had the right to not allow preferential treatment based on an individual’s sex partner or sexual orientation.
Because homosexuality is not a suspect class or quasi-suspect class, and “divested no one of any fundamental right” the court upheld the right of the voters to tell Cincinnati City Council they can not pass special rights laws.
Here is an excerpt from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals:
“Accordingly, because the Cincinnati Charter Amendment targeted no suspect class or quasi-suspect class, and divested no one of any fundamental right, it was not subject to either form of heightened constitutional scrutiny (namely “strict scrutiny” or “intermediate scrutiny”). ….”this court observed that the Cincinnati Charter Amendment advanced a variety of valid community interests, including enhanced associational liberty for its citizenry, conservation of public resources, and augmentation of individual autonomy imbedded in personal conscience and morality. Thus, Article XII satisfied minimal constitutional requirements”.
For the full court decision go to: http://www.ccv.org/issues/homosexuality/special-rights-legislation/u-s-6th-circuit-court-of-appeals-equality-foundation-v-cincinnati/
The people of Cincinnati later repealed Article XII of the City Charter. The 2004 vote to repeal Article XII was titled Issue 3.
However, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals case still stands as case law in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Michigan that allows cities in those four states to prohibit Special Rights laws based on sexual orientation.
Click on the picture to view the attached TV ad by Civil Rights leader Pastor Fred Shuttlesworth, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King and Ralph Abernathy. They were called The Big Three in the fight for Civil Rights. When the attempt was made to repeal the City Charter language, Pastor Shuttlesworth opposed the change. CCV asked Pastor Fred Shuttlesworth to respond to the claims of homosexual activists who said they were being discriminated against. Be sure to click on the photo to hear what the expert on discrimination had to say about discrimination. The photo attached with Dr. Martin Luther King, Ralph Abernathy and Pastor Fred Shuttlesworth was given to CCV to use by Pastor Shuttlesworth.
Contact your Ohio House Member and Ohio Senator Member and stop this unfair and unjust bill that will strip Religious Freedom and irrationally compare homosexual behavior to the plight of African Americans. Homosexual activists have the right to have sex with whom they want but they do not have the right to force acceptance of their behavior on Ohioans, our businesses or our children. Click on “Contact Elected Officials” to send a message to your Ohio Senator and House member objecting to this unjust law. In the Senate, the Bill number is SB-125 and in the House, the Bill number is HB-163.