Equality Ohio Alert
ACTION ALERT FROM Equality Ohio Ohio House Bill 286, the so-called "Pastor Protection Act", claims to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. Backers of the bill say it will allow clergy to deny solemnizing the marriage of couples if the marriage doesn’t conform to their religious convictions. We know what this is really about: insulting same-sex couples. Clergy already have the right to deny marriage to any couple, for any reason. Clergy are already protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Article I of Ohio’s Constitution. There are two ways you can help. 1. Call all three leaders of the Community and Family Advancement Committee and let them know you do NOT support HB 286. Representative Timothy E. Ginter, 614-466-8022 Representative Margaret Conditt, 614-466-8550 Representative Kevin Boyce, 614-466-5343 Example script: Hello, I am calling with regard to HB 286, which is up for vote in the Community and Family Advancement Committee. This bill doesn’t do what it claims to, because clergy can already pick and choose who they want to marry thanks to the First Amendment and Article I of Ohio’s Constitution. This is an insult to clergy, who already have constitutional guarantees of their religious freedoms, as well as the LGBTQ community, who this bill is aimed against. 2. Show up today at 4:00pm to room 114 at the Ohio Statehouse. Please do not bring signs. We will not be protesting, but we will be letting the Committee see that they cannot act in the shadows in a lame-duck session to pass anti-LGBTQ laws.