religious liberty

Ohio Republican lawmakers propose allowing chaplains in public schools

BY: - August 31, 2023

State Rep. Reggie Stoltzfus, R-Paris Township, has filed legislation proposing to allow Ohio’s public school districts to employ chaplains. The proposal comes after Texas lawmakers approved a similar measure over the objections of civil rights groups, academics and even some chaplains themselves. Stoltzfus’ measure would allow districts to hire chaplains or accept volunteers. Regardless of […]


It’s long past time to pass the Ohio Fairness Act

BY: - February 4, 2020

Every General Assembly for many years now, the Ohio Fairness Act is introduced, and every General Assembly it fails to become law. The Ohio Fairness Act would make sexual orientation and gender identity or expression part of the civil rights law’s “covered characteristics” for which discrimination is prohibited. Under current law, covered characteristics include “race, […]

National group: Ohio among the worst in religious equality

BY: - January 7, 2020

A national civil rights organization that monitors states’ measures regarding religious equality has called Ohio one of the worst in the country.  Citing anti-abortion legislation and a religious liberties bill, the American Atheists said religious equality is “under attack” in Ohio. “Ohio lawmakers are more interested in imposing their religious views on citizens than protecting […]