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Ohio lawmaker withdraws ‘religious freedom’ bill

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio House sponsor is withdrawing a “religious freedom” bill that contains wording identical to anti-LGBT legislation in Arizona.

Bill Patmon

Bill Patmon

Rep. Bill Patmon, a Cleveland Democrat who in December called his bill a “no-brainer” told Outlook yesterday that he was putting the bill on hold until it could be rewritten to erase concerns it might open the door to discrimination against LGBT people and others.

Ohio Public Radio reported this morning that Patmon is pulling the bill entirely.

FreedomOhio Executive Director Ian James said Patmon told him of his plans.

“I’m relieved to see Rep. Patmon working to stop this destructive and discriminatory piece of legislation,” James said. “Our state already has an unconstitutional marriage ban in place, depriving loving same-sex couple of the right to be legally married. The last thing we need is to further marginalize and attack LGBT Ohioans.

Patmon sponsored House Bill 376 with Rep. Tim Derickson, a Republican from Oxford. There were 43 co-sponsors: 40 Republicans and three Democrats.

Any of the others can reintroduce the bill, but Patmon said yesterday that it was never his intention to sanction discrimination. He said he introduced the bill solely to reinforce people’s right to keep a Bible at their desks or wear religious items such as a cross or yarmulke without fear of sanction from their employer or the government.


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  1. Fucking ignorant religious house ape.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:24pm
  2. Fucktards.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:25pm
  3. please stop using "tard" of any kind--it is offensive.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:31pm
  4. What is more offensive is the fact that there is still a lot of misinformed and hate filled people that want to completely disenfranchise huge blocks of citizenry in the US. History, obviously, teaches nothing.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:35pm
  5. Ramona....Is Fuckterd better for you?

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:35pm
  6. and he is black! I don’t want to sound racist but he of all people should know that segregation is downright dehumanizing!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:26pm
  7. .... and a Democrat!

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:28pm
  8. funny how the oppressed become the oppressors. Let us not forget this fact once the LGBTQ gain full equality.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:29pm
  9. .,I for one am disappointed of having people in the democratic party like this! He should be replaced by a democrat with a brain! ugh! I know a lot of people in Ohio who are accepting and this person is definitely not one of them! I hope he lose the election!

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:31pm
  10. Adam Brabant excellent point. I am currently struggling with my bitter demons. Hoping to hold a place in my heart for politically fundamental religious men. Sorry not sure where to comma that last sentence. It's not looking good.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:05pm
  11. This article says that this bill is being pulled ,as it could victimize the Gay Community. He has seen it for what it is...good call.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:32pm
  12. yes, I read the article but the fact the HE even proposed it in the first place is BS and down right disappointing... I hope he lose the election...

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:33pm
  13. There are actually a lot of blacks who do not see any connection between the civil rights movement for the LGBT community and the civil rights movement for blacks. Religion is just that powerful...that it can blind people.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:19pm
  14. What are these nitwits trying to prove?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:28pm
  15. Did none of you read the article?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:29pm
  16. to withdraw means you have put it forward to begin with.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:32pm
  17. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the” person they loved “but by the content of their character.”

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:31pm
  18. Uh, try reading the article people.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:31pm
  19. Georgia…Oklahoma… You listening?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:32pm
  20. how would they pick and choose who was gay and who wasnt? Its very difficult to visually/audio to know who’s gay and who isnt? How would they enforce this? Make people wear rainbows stitched on their clothes or gay rainbow tattoo people? Plus i know a lot of straight men/women that look/act and sound gay…like Michelle Bachmann’s husband.. but. .well he’s gay.. but still you get my point..

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:33pm
  21. I made three phone calls b/w 12:15 pm and 12:21 pm today.
    Patmon pulled the bill less than half an hour later.

    Just sayin’! :D

    ROFLMFAO (The best part is that it’s true. You can have your [wrong] interpretation of it while I have mine [correct[, but the fact is that this actually happened. ROFLMFAO.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:33pm
  22. I read the article and…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:35pm
  23. Good job! Choose your battles.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:37pm
  24. idiots shouldn’t have introduced it in the first place. Anyone introducing hate bills should be sued for wasting taxpayer dollars.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:38pm
  25. I have an issue with the way bills are passed and the fact that many of these House members are saying that they had no idea that they read they way they do after the fact. Perhaps you should read what the hell you are signing. People’s lives are on the line, in case it matters.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:41pm
  26. Now that this guy has some spare time he should call Jan Brewer in AZ and tell her to VETO their bill.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:42pm
  27. An this bill just passed the Mississippi Senate with a unanimous vote. Sickening!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:45pm
  28. They are just putting it on the back burner till they see how AZ plays out..

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:47pm
  29. “Ohio Public Radio reported this morning that Patmon is pulling the bill entirely.”
    “Any of the others can reintroduce the bill, but Patmon said yesterday that it was never his intention to sanction discrimination. He said he introduced the bill solely to reinforce people’s right to keep a Bible at their desks or wear religious items such as a cross or yarmulke without fear of sanction from their employer or the government.”

    You can wear religious items already, ITS IN THE FN CONSTITUTION.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:51pm
  30. This country is consistently in a downward spiral. If a republican is elected in the next presidential race then any progress that’s been made will be whipped out. It’s disgusting how people think they can treat another Han being like they are a separate species. Ohio of all places should allow equal rights. Columbus is number three city in the nation for it’s gay district.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:51pm
  31. Read it to the end: “Patmon said yesterday that it was never his intention to sanction discrimination. He said he introduced the bill solely to reinforce people’s right to keep a Bible at their desks or wear religious items such as a cross or yarmulke without fear of sanction from their employer or the government.” I would support that right, especially as a member of a minority religion.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:51pm
  32. Exactly what kind of religious freedom are they talking about? I thought children of God did not discriminate.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:52pm
  33. Good idea! What a dumbass for introducing it in the first place.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:58pm
  34. can you believe I know people who say that being black and being gay arent the same..because we can pretend.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:59pm
  35. ALEC

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:02pm
  36. Yep they see the world as well as tourist and business is watching

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:12pm
  37. Duh.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:25pm
  38. Anyone who is not white and grew up in the US should not be part of any legislation denying rights to anyone. I wonder if MLK is rolling in his grave.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:28pm
  39. That’s what I thought was going to happen. Fabulous!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:33pm
  40. Smart move.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:34pm
  41. Good move!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:54pm
  42. what a liar. this is not the last you’ve seen of this bill, OH…not by a long shot.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:21pm
  43. Wake up middle America!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:29pm
  44. that’s right you better because if your religion can discriminate against me for being gay then my religion can discriminate against you for being a stupid black man. Obviously he is an uncle Tom catering to the rich, str8 christian white male he so longs to be.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:31pm
  45. Smart move…….

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:47pm