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New Bill Would Allow Ohio Clergy To Refuse Same Sex Marriages

A new bill is being introduced at the Ohio Statehouse that would allow officiants to refuse to marry same sex couples in Ohio.

House Republican Ron Maag is the sponsor of a bill that would allow ministers and clergy members to refuse to perform marriage ceremonies that oppose their religious beliefs. But right now, that wouldn’t happen anyway since gay marriage is not legal in Ohio anyway.

Back in 2004, Ohio voters passed a constitutional amendment banning same sex unions. The U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing arguments soon that might overturn an appellate court decision upholding gay marriage bans in Ohio and other states, and that’s why Maag is asking his fellow representatives to sign on to the legislation.