It began its life as an insult to same-sex couples, claiming to give clergy authority they already had––to decline to marry a couple that doesn’t align with their faith. There was also a threat that the bill could undo certain civil rights protections for all couples, not just LGBTQ couples.

That threat was real. It passed the Ohio House as a vehicle which explicitly undermines Ohio’s civil rights laws, and not just for same-sex couples. On Thursday, the amendment which made this explicit was removed. However, the bill still contains bad provisions that affect Ohio’s nondiscrimination protections with regards to public accommodations. 

It is being considered in the Ohio Judiciary Committee. Please call your Senator and ask them to VOTE NO on HB36 if given the opportunity.