Spectrum

Apr 12, 2016

AN OHIO HOUSE COMMITTEE IS SET TO HEAR FROM OPPONENTS OF A BILL THAT WOULD LET OHIO'S CHURCHES AND PASTORS REFUSE TO PERFORM SAME-SEX MARRIAGES


AN OHIO HOUSE COMMITTEE IS SET TO HEAR FROM OPPONENTS OF A BILL THAT WOULD LET OHIO'S CHURCHES AND PASTORS REFUSE TO PERFORM SAME-SEX MARRIAGES. UNDER THE SO-CALLED PASTOR PROTECTION ACT, NO CLERGY COULD BE REQUIRED TO SOLEMNIZE A MARRIAGE OR HAVE THEIR CHURCH PROPERTY BE USED TO HOST A CEREMONY THAT'S AGAINST THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. THE PROPOSAL WAS INTRODUCED IN THE OHIO HOUSE THREE WEEKS AFTER THE U.S. SUPREME COURT'S LANDMARK DECISION ALLOWING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LAST YEAR. THE BILL'S SPONSOR, NINO VITALE, A REOUBLICAN FROM URBANA, HAS SAID THE PROPOSAL ISN'T AN ISSUE OF DISCRIMINATION, BUT ABOUT PROTECTING PASTORS. MORE THAN 20 PEOPLE SPOKE IN FAVOR OF THE BILL DURING A FEBRUARY HEARING.

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