The Citizens for Community Values policy team joined Senate President Larry Obhof as he signed the bill to transmit it to Governor DeWine.

Governor Mike DeWine has signed the CCV-backed Student Religious Liberties Act, HB 164. Sponsored by Rep. Tim Ginter, the bill protects freedom of religious expression and students’ right to pray in public schools.

The following statement is from Citizens for Community Values President Aaron Baer:

“No student should have to hide their faith just because they enter a public school. The Student Religious Liberties Act is carefully crafted to ensure school administrators can’t unfairly penalize students of all faiths, or no faith.

“While the ACLU and atheist organizations may have tried to stop this bill and prevent Christian, Jewish, Muslim and all students from having fundamental protections, Ohio lawmakers stood up for the First Amendment and have sent a clear message that the Buckeye State respects a diversity of viewpoints.

“It shouldn’t be controversial to stand for religious freedom. That’s why we’re grateful to Governor Mike DeWine for signing the bill, and Senate President Larry Obhof and Speaker Larry Householder for giving this essential legislation fair consideration.

“Like many pieces of legislation, it takes a great amount of perseverance to get the job done. Rep. Tim Ginter, the bill’s sponsor, has faithfully pressed this legislation forward for the last three General Assemblies. Through roadblocks and attacks, Rep. Ginter was a steady hand to get this legislation done. Ohio families and students of faith are better protected today because of his steady hand!

“I also want to thank Chip Weiant, who has done more behind the scenes to make our state and nation faith-friendly than anyone will ever know. His prayers, encouragement, and heart for pursuing a thriving, Godly society are a blessing to all.”

For more information, contact CCV at 513-733-5775, or [email protected]

As Ohio’s Family Policy Council, Citizens for Community Values seeks the good of our neighbors throughout Ohio by advocating for public policy that reflects the truth of the Gospel. We endeavor to create an Ohio where God’s blessings of life, family, and religious freedom are treasured, respected, and protected.

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