Sidebar        Spindelman testifies before Ohio House

Professor Marc Spindelman appeared before the Ohio House of Representatives Community and Family Advancement Committee to give interested party testimony on the constitutionality of House Bill 36—referred to by sponsor Rep. Nino Vitale (R-Urbana) as the “Pastor Protection Act.”

Among its key provisions, H.B. 36 would permit ordained and licensed ministers and religious societies statewide to refuse to solemnize same-sex civil marriages when doing so would conflict with their sincerely held religious beliefs. In addition, the act also would authorize religious societies not to host marriage ceremonies on their property in accordance with their faith. Importantly, the act creates various immunity provisions to ensure that those who exercise the prerogatives that it supplies will not be held legally liable, either civilly or criminally, for their acts.

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