So I am going to do my best to get down to columbus on wednesday for what is supposed to be the final day of testimony on House Bill 176, adding sexual orientation and gender identity and expression to the Ohio Civil Rights Commission Law's protection against housing & employment discrimination.
The testimony is taking place Wednesday the 17 at 2:30pm, Room 017 on the basement level of the State House – 77 S High St, Columbus OH.
Opponent testimony was last week, and although i was unable to attend, http://www.dowhatsrightohio.com has the transcripts, as well as other info on the bill & proponent testimony.
familiar “christian” professional haters were on hand to speak against the bill – Mission America & Concerned Women for America. Same bullshit – gays can't have rights, because it would infringe upon the rights of homohating “christians” to deny rights to others. teaching children there is no reason to hate people simply because they're lgbt is discrimination against their hating parents, who will have a harder time instilling their bigotry in their offspring. Oh yeah, and inflicting their personal choice of religion on everyone should trump all other rights – especially those who “choose” to be gay. Poor put upon haters, will be discriminated against by legislation Ms. Harvey refers to as “strong-arm, fascist” , “bigoted & discriminatory”, even to the point of having to follow the law of the state – especially if they expect to get special state priviledges (egads!)
Seems Ms. Harvey (from Mission America) is describing herself, as well as the other professional haters behavior when she said…. “You see, everyone else has to change to accommodate these deviant, bizarre and uneccessary practices – and for something that is not an immutable characteristic, but behavior.”
And this gem, from an unaffiliated citizen, picking and choosing the parts of the constitution (and seemingly missing the point of) pertaining to rights and religion in OH…….
I am opposed to HB 176 for several reasons, any one of which is enough that the bill should be dismissed. One reason, which need be the only reason, is that HB 176 is in clear violation of Ohio's Bill of Rights, Article 1, Section 7, of the Ohio Constitution which states: “No person shall be compelled to …. maintain any form of worship, against his consent… nor shall any interference with the rights of conscience be permitted”
–using this as an argument that everyone be forced to live under the homobigot form of worship, and equating his right to think something with the “right” to force others to live according to his peculiar choice of worship, as his “conscience” is the only one that shall not be interefered with.
The Actual text of Article 1, Section 7…..
“No person shall be compelled to attend, erect, or support any place of worship, or maintain any form of worship, against his consent; and no preference shall be given, by law, to any religious society; nor shall any interference with the rights of conscience be permitted. No religious test shall be required, as a qualification for office, nor shall any person be incompetent to be a witness on account of his religious belief; but nothing herein shall be construed to dispense with oaths and affirmations. Religion, morality, and knowledge, however, being essential to good government, it shall be the duty of the general assembly to pass suitable laws to protect every religious denomination in the peaceable enjoyment of its own mode of public worship, and to encourage schools and the means of instruction. “
So, if you're in Ohio and have the day free (or can afford to take off) join me at the statehouse. Perhaps Ohio can start the crawl towards equality for all its inhabitants. Not certain of the setup at the statehouse, but if possible i'll post updates as things proceed.