Rep. Antonio Speaks Out Against Pastor Protection Act In House Committee
Says bill enables discrimination against LGBTQ community
February 16, 2017
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Breaking with Statehouse tradition, State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) yesterday presented opponent testimony on House Bill 36 – dubbed the “Pastor Protection Act” by supporters – in the House Community and Family Advancement Committee:

“I was moved to testify because I am deeply saddened that we are having this conversation yet again, even though we know House Bill 36 is a solution in search of a problem. 

“HB 36 writes discrimination into law, and while the existence of the bill may give some a new sense of protection from societal changes, it is cold comfort for those who believe in the separation of church and state and the constitutional rights already afforded religious leaders.

“Ohio’s collective goal of attracting and retaining the best and brightest to our workforce is made more difficult when state leaders devote  time and energy drafting laws that intentionally suggest members of the LGBT community are not welcome and cannot expect to be embraced by religious leaders and congregations in our state.”

“As we all know when we pledge allegiance to the flag, we say ‘with Liberty and Justice for all’ – not for some, not with exceptions – but for all.”

Full testimony is available on the committee’s website:

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