The Ohio Chamber of Commerce is backing a bill that would bully small businesses, ministries, families, women and children into compromising their beliefs and privacy.
The bill, HB 160, would require businesses, schools, ministries and even churches to allow biological men into women’s locker rooms, restrooms, and changing areas. It would also force small business owners with religious beliefs about marriage to participate in same-sex weddings.
Every day Ohioans of all religions do business, go to school, and live life with their LGBT neighbors. Ohio is a diverse state. We should be celebrating that, yet HB 160 creates division.
HB 160 is getting a hearing in the Ohio House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee on Wednesday, Jan 31 at 9:30 a.m. The committee needs to hear from you to oppose this bill that would eliminate privacy rights and religious freedom.
Ohio is a tolerant and diverse state. HB 160 however, creates division.
This legislation violates the privacy and safety rights of women and children, and unnecessarily eliminates religious freedoms.
Please oppose HB 160 today.
Representative Louis W. Blessing III – Rep29@ohiohouse.gov
Representative Bill Reineke – Rep88@ohiohouse.gov
Representative Kathleen Clyde – Rep75@ohiohouse.gov
Representative Keith Faber – Rep84@ohiohouse.gov
Representative Timothy E. Ginter – Rep05@ohiohouse.gov
Representative Dave Greenspan – Rep16@ohiohouse.gov
Representative Brigid Kelly – Rep31@ohiohouse.gov
Representative Bernadine Kennedy Kent – Rep25@ohiohouse.gov
Representative P. Scott Lipps – Rep62@ohiohouse.gov
Representative Dorothy Pelanda – Rep86@ohiohouse.gov
Representative Bill Seitz – Rep30@ohiohouse.gov
Representative Ryan Smith – Rep93@ohiohouse.gov
Representative Martin J. Sweeney – Rep14@ohiohouse.gov
Representative Cliff Rosenberger – Rep91@ohiohouse.gov
How to Have Your Voice Heard
Issues like HB 160 have sparked controversy throughout the country. While we want to passionately defend the privacy rights of women and children, and the religious freedom rights of all Ohioans, we want to do so respectfully in a manner that is reflective of Christ’s love for all people.
Remember these four rules for speaking with lawmakers, friends, and family that disagree with you on HB 160 and you’ll have a much more constructive dialogue.
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