Call to Action for Ohio Pastor Protection Act, H.B. 36. Your calls are needed.
The Ohio Pastor Protection Act will receive a hearing this coming Tuesday, February 21st at the Ohio Statehouse. It is urgent that you call your state representative to support H.B. 36, the Ohio Pastor Protection Act, legislation that will protect pastors, churches, church property, religious institutions from frivolous lawsuits by same-sex couples who want to force the issue of homosexual marriage on the local church.
OCA President Chris Long made the following statement in committee in support of the legislation, "With these new threats to religious liberty, the time has now come to enact statute legislation in Ohio to address these new challenges and underscore the Constitutional rights of religious freedom and the practice thereof. No individual should be coerced against their religious conscience. No religious society should be forced by the State or a municipality to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs." Ohio Christian Alliance supporting testimony
Attorney Richard Mast of Liberty Counsel explains, "HB 36 provides immunity from civil or criminal liability arising from the minister's or the society's beliefs about marriage, or uses of property consistent with those beliefs, and prohibits the state or a political subdivision from penalizing or withholding any benefit or privilege from such a minister or society, including any governmental contract, grant, or license. While ministers, churches, and religious societies already have a constitutional right to perform or host only those marriage ceremonies that conform to their religious beliefs, and to limit the use of their properties consistent with religious beliefs, HB 36 is still necessary, because homosexual activists seek to force pastors and churches to perform ceremonies between same-sex couples, despite the First Amendment. Liberty Counsel's letter of support
Call your legislator today and leave a message urging their support of the Ohio Pastor Protection Act, H.B. 36.