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Thu Feb 27, 2014, 12:45 AM Feb 2014

Lawmakers Pull Ohio Religious Freedom Bill After Comparisons to Arizona Legislation

A controversial, so-called “religious freedom” bill in the Ohio legislature is being pulled. The legislation, similar to the bill that recently passed in Arizona, has been widely criticized for opening the door to discrimination against LGBT Ohioans. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports on why the Ohio legislation is dead for now.

One of the sponsors of the religious freedom bill being considered in the Ohio legislature, Democratic Rep. Bill Patmon, says the plan is dead.

“We are pulling the bill, the entire bill, not just support or anything, but the bill is being pulled off of the legislative agenda—and by my request,” Patmon said. “And there is too much of a misunderstanding and misinterpretation of what’s going on in this particular case. And when you find that, then you have to maybe go back to the drawing board, because we are not Arizona nor were we ever intended to be or to have a bill that is reflective of what they’re doing.”

Patmon says he was pushing the bill because he wanted to make sure there were protections for people who wear a cross necklace, a yarmulke or some other religious symbol in their workplaces.


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Lawmakers Pull Ohio Religious Freedom Bill After Comparisons to Arizona Legislation (Original Post) RandySF Feb 2014 OP
So how come they can have religious freedom laws frazzled Feb 2014 #1
I've been wondering about that myself malokvale77 Feb 2014 #2


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1. So how come they can have religious freedom laws
Thu Feb 27, 2014, 12:59 AM
Feb 2014

that allow health care providers and pharmacists to refuse health services or the provision of birth control to women if their "conscience" feels icky about it?

There are dozens of states where these "conscience clause" laws have passed in recent years, and nobody seems to give a damn about it. It's discriminatory, just like these other religious freedom bills. I honestly don't understand why even on a supposedly left-leaning site we can't even muster any outrage against such things. Are women just not the kool kidz? Someone help, please.


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2. I've been wondering about that myself
Thu Feb 27, 2014, 03:12 AM
Feb 2014

Where's the outrage over the discriminatory laws being passed against women's rights. I don't recall one single corporation speak up in protest. Why hasn't Mary Kay threatened to leave Texas. Why aren't the CEO's crying "It's not good for business", "We believe in equality for all"?

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