What this means going forward is that people of religious conviction will have their rights challenged and suppressed as a result of this new ruling. The Ohio Christian Alliance is committed to protecting religious liberty for individuals, churches, institutions and organizations that hold to a biblical world view. Their religious rights and conscience must be protected, as the U.S. Constitution guarantees religious freedom. OCA is prepared to work with members of the Ohio Legislature and the U.S. Congress to address these new challenges with newly drafted legislation that will protect these fundamental religious freedoms.
The four dissenting justices' opinions were foretelling in a warning in their statements. What troubles lie ahead for religious institutions and individuals in light of this newly crafted marriage law by the Court?
Citizenship Sunday Voter Registration Drive at Your Church July 5th. Sign up to be a volunteer at your church to register fellow congregants to vote! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER!
Click here to fill out the OCA volunteer form to be a contact for your church. We will send you voter registration forms and an informational packet to conduct a successful voter registration drive at your church.
Here is the list of co-sponsors - Rep. John Becker, Rep. Ron Maag, Rep. Ron Hood, Rep. Andy Thompson, Rep. Thomas E. Brinkman, Jr., Rep. Margaret Conditt, Rep. Tim Schaffer, Rep. A. Nino Vitale, Rep. Bill Hayes, Rep. Wes Retherford, Rep. Steven W. Kraus, Rep. Jeffery S. Rezabek, Rep. Doug Green, Rep. Sarah LaTourette, Rep. Louis Terhar, Rep. David Hall, Rep. Stephen A. Huffman, Rep. Kristina Roegner, Rep. Margaret Ann Ruhl, Rep. Jim Butler, Rep. Jim Buchy, Rep. Stephen D. Hambley, Rep. Ron Young
Ohio A.G. Mike DeWine defends Ohio's marriage law defining marriage as between one man and one woman. On Friday, AG DeWine submitted a 77- page brief to the U.S.Supreme Court, vigorously asserting that the licensing of marriages should be left up to the states. Click here to read the entire brief. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case in April. Urgent - Please pray for the Court to uphold Ohio's marriage law
WWII Memorial Prayer Act Signed Into Law by The President
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 1, 2014 It's official – The President has signed The WWII Memorial Prayer Act (S1044) into law. Earlier this month, the bill passed The U.S. Senate in a unanimous consent measure just in time for the 70th anniversary observance of the D-Day Landings. Last week, The U.S. House of Representatives passed the measure overwhelmingly by a vote of 370-12, and yesterday, The President signed the bill into law. The Ohio Christian Alliance would like to commend the bill's sponsors, Senator Rob Portman (OH) and Senator Mary Landrieu (LA), and Congressman Bill Johnson of Ohio's 6th District, who was the House sponsor, for their support of this historic legislation that will add FDR's D-Day Landing prayer to the WWII memorial in Washington D.C.
On this, the seventieth anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, the U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent S 1044 the WWII Memorial Prayer Act. The Ohio Christian Alliance would like to commend the bill's sponsors, Senator Rob Portman (OH) and Senator Mary Landrieu (LA), for their support of this historic legislation that will add FDR's D-Day Landing prayer to the WWII memorial in Washington D.C. This prayer will serve as a lasting tribute to those veterans who served the cause of freedom in defending the world against tyranny and oppression.
Ohio Christian Alliance President Chris Long stated, "President Roosevelt's prayer articulated the great crusade that was underway to liberate millions suffering under tyranny. He honored the war effort and paid tribute to the fallen and those veterans who fought courageously in the conflict. It is only fitting that succeeding generations learn of this prayer that was offered at that most poignant moment in our nation's history."
Ohio's Ban on Human Cloning and Animal-Human Hybrid
Today, we applaud the reintroduction of Ohio’s Ban on Human Cloning and Animal-Human Hybrid, H.B. 308, introduced by State Representative Andy Thompson of Ohio’s 95th District, along with eleven House co-sponsors. OCA President Chris Long states, “For the past ten years, OCA along with other pro-life organizations, has been working with members of the Ohio Legislature to ban embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, and in recent years, animal-human hybrid. Some medical laboratories have delved into the surreal world of intermixing animal and human DNA with no legal or moral boundaries. These experimental practices simply are outrageous! Animal-human hybrid research is currently being conducted in England, which many in the international medical community now consider to be a rogue medical state. This experimentation has also been conducted in U.S. laboratories, thus the need for legislative language to provide guardrails.”
Leading the testimony on this legislative ban will be Dr. David Prentice of the Family Research Council who states, “HB 308 provides common sense restrictions on human cloning and animal-human hybrid in Ohio. There are no valid medical or scientific gains that exist or will come from human cloning or hybrid techniques, rather these are abuses of science and should be prohibited. Our focus should be on lifesaving methods such as adult stem cells that put the patient first.”
Ohio Christian Alliance believes that no human life should begin and end as the subject of an experiment. We attest that a process that knowingly encourages human life to be created, manipulated for research, and ultimately destroyed is immoral and should be prohibited. And all who believe that human life, including nascent human life, is a unique and precious gift from our Creator have an obligation to support efforts to ban it. The bottom line is still that any ban short of a total prohibition on human cloning further devalues the sanctity of human life. Ohio Christian Alliance commends State Representative Andy Thompson and the co-sponsors of H.B. 308 for taking the leadership role in sponsoring this key legislation.
For more information contact Chris Long 330-887-1922
Founding of America Documents Bill Passes Ohio House and Senate in a Concurrence Vote and is Sent to Governor Kasich for His Signature
The Ohio Christian Alliance celebrates the passage of S.B. 165 in the Ohio House and Ohio Senate today. This legislation entitled “The Founding of America Documents Bill” will strengthen the language currently in the Ohio Revised Code pertaining to the American History and Government curriculum to include The Declaration of Independence, The Northwest Ordinance, The Constitution of the United States with emphasis on The Bill of Rights, The Ohio Constitution, the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers.