News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

NOCHE

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Hennes Paynter Communications


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Ohio


Sponsor Patmon pulls his Ohio "religious freedom" bill
Critics said it would have legalized discrimination against gay people
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


Reporter
Jo Ingles
 
Patmon says he may be back with a new version of his religious freedom bill.
Courtesy of State of Ohio
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

A so-called “religious freedom” bill in the Ohio Legislature is being pulled. The bill -- similar to one recently passed in Arizona -- has been widely criticized as allowing discrimination against LGBT people. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports on why the Ohio Legislation is dead for now.

LISTEN: Patmon says the religous freedom bill has been misinterpreted

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:39)


One sponsor of the religious freedom bill considered in the Ohio legislature, Democratic Rep. Bill Patmon, says the plan is dead.

“The bill is being pulled off the legislative agenda by my request.  There is too much misunderstanding and misinterpretation in this particular case. And when you find that, then you have to maybe go back to the drawing board because we are not Arizona nor were we ever intended to be or to have a bill that is reflective of what they are doing.”

Patmon says he was pushing the bill because he wanted to make sure there were protections for people who wear a crosses, a yarmulke or some other religious symbol in their workplaces. But critics of this bill said it could open the door to widespread discrimination of gay Ohioans. Patmon says the language in this bill was not clear enough.

“There are different interpretations of it. That’s a concern for me. I don’t want different interpretations whether it is the ACLU or someone else. There should be only one. And that is to make sure people have religious freedom.”

Unintentional consequences become clear
Patmon’s co-sponsor on this legislation, Republican Tim Derickson, is also willing to pull the bill.  Spencer Gross is Derickson’s legislative aide. 

“Through the legislative process it kind of became clear that there were some unintentional consequences that could result from the bill’s implementation. We wanted this to be something that would protect Ohioans of all faiths and their religious liberties and it wasn’t our intent to make this a discrimination bill.”

The sponsors say they would like to pursue a religious freedom bill in the future, but for now, the legislation is dead.

That’s welcome news as far as Ian James is concerned.  James, a leader with the gay rights group FreedomOhio, says the language in the Ohio bill was very close to the language in the Arizona legislation. 

James says he thinks sponsors of this bill didn’t realize it could have unintended consequences. And he doesn’t want to see a new version, and says Ohio should not either.

“Companies will come out to strong opposition to this, I’m sure, because they see this is not the way for Ohio to go forward. It’s a bad bill. It’s dangerous.”

For his part, Rep. Patmon, a member of the Legislative Black Caucus, says he will not support any legislation that would discriminate.

“Given who I am, there’s no way I could be in favor of discrimination.”

 

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio survey shows low-income people are choosing phones over food
Where is this study published? no sign of it on google scholar. is there a cite

The Akron Sound rocks the porches
fabulous group interview! you covered so much in so little time. wish i could be there for porch rockr.

Head of Ohio Dems says Kasich administration is lying about Suarez contacts
when Kasich's mouth is open , he's lying. Look what he did at Lehmans brothers and then lied about it all during the campaign. If a GOP didn't lie, he or she ...

Canton's Basilica of St. John absorbs news of the pope at morning Mass
Hello Chris,Marina,and Patrice, I just read this article and you all look great. I'm on facebook Jean Dutcher in blue and white stripped blouse. I"M so glad to ...

Exploradio: Avoiding the 'acting-white' trap
Growing-up black and being black should not determine that you will not speak well or will not be a high achiever in your goals in life.But society te nds to la...

Charter-school supporters to rally at Statehouse
I am on the bus now headed to the rally. Horizon is an excellent school. My son is is 7 th grade. The teachers and administrators are top notch and spend so m...

Former Nursing Home Land Added to Parks
In addition, LED technology also plays a very important role in advertising- LED placard is very, very useful for shop owners.

Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments on school funding
That's not true. Other school districts HAVE followed this law and done this. Oakhills is one of them and how they were able to provide technology for their s...

Death and beauty at Cleveland's Museum of Contemporary Art
What a disgusting story to air at lunch time.

Ohio Supreme Court grills attorneys on flooding and million-dollar fixes
Perhaps the State of Ohio should take the lead and implement state wide water shed districts that would collect minimum fees. The funds could then be distribute...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University