Call Your State Senator: Pastor “Protection” Act Votes Scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday

I have a quick update for you on the dangerous Pastor “Protection” Act—it’s scheduled for a vote this week! We need your help to stop it.

Can you call your Ohio Senators and urge them to vote NO on HB 36?

We testified last week in the Senate Judiciary committee against HB 36 because it unnecessarily restates existing constitutional protections for religious leaders and goes one step further by opening the door to potential discrimination against LGBTQ Ohioans. You might remember that this bill allows “religious societies” to refuse to open their facility doors to some people even if they’re otherwise open to the public to use. Such a dangerous bill doesn’t deserve to become law.

Call your Senator today and tell him/her to vote AGAINST HB 36!

The Judiciary committee will likely vote on this bill tomorrow morning—with a potential vote by the full Senate as early as this Thursday. The lame duck legislature is trying to rush this bill because they think voters aren’t paying attention.

Help us prove them wrong—call your Senators today. Hate and discrimination don’t belong in Ohio law—particularly when they’re codified in a law being passed under the guise of religious liberty. Tell your Senators to vote against HB 36.

I’ll keep you updated with any news from the Judiciary committee and if we think the full Senate will vote on this later this week.

Make sure your Senators hear from you about why HB 36 unnecessarily writes discrimination against LGBTQ Ohioans into law—call them today.

Yours in the fight,

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Katy Shanahan

Advocacy Manager