This morning, State Rep. Bill Patmon agreed to join FreedomOhio’s effort to kill House Bill 376, otherwise known as the Ohio Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
“I’m relieved to see Rep. Patmon working to stop this destructive and discriminatory piece of legislation,” said FreedomOhio co-founder and Executive Director Ian James. “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.
“We have asked Rep. Patmon to send a letter to the Ohio House Clerk indicating that he no longer wishes to be a sponsor ...Read More
Today, in response to Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State Address, FreedomOhio released the following statement.
Co-founder and Executive Director Ian James said, “While the Governor may think his base of voters are "not there yet" on the issues of freedom to marry, employment or housing, and equal application of the law, polling suggests otherwise.
“We hope Governor Kasich will take time in the coming months to vocalize his support to ensure that all Ohioans are treated equally, and will speak-out to stop Ohio's legislature from passing Ohio's Jim Crow Law (HB376). Doing so will better help Ohio grow its economy and job base by being inclusive, n...Read More
Ian James, Co-Founder and Executive Director of FreedomOhio, issued the following statement, regarding a vote by Equality Ohio’s leadership to actively oppose the Freedom to Marry and Religious Freedom Amendment.
“It is not news that the out-of-touch leadership of Equality Ohio has negative things to say about bringing marriage equality to loving couples in our state. The leaders of Equality Ohio are stuck knee-deep in a negative quagmire, and are betraying their membership. We don't make progress by sowing fear into the hearts of our biggest supporters,” James said.
“We're focusing on the positive. Our ballot language has been approved by the Ohio A...Read More
Friends of Equality,
Below is the anticipated attack from the anti-LGBT Citizens for Community Values (CCV). Please note that CCV is NOT attacking FreedomOhio. Instead, they are attacking WMMO/EO's concern over our 13-word FreedomOhio Religious Freedom clause and their claim of wishing to conduct a "deep dive" on our religious freedom clause.
So you might well ask: "Why is CCV not attacking FreedomOhio and the Amendment?"
The answer is simple: CCV knows all too well that FreedomOhio's common sense 46-word Constitutional Amendment includes a 13-word "religious freedom" clause that protects religious freedom. The...Read More
Today, three same-gender couples filed a lawsuit in federal court to have both parents names listed on their children’s birth certificates. All three couples were legally married outside of Ohio, and are seeking full parental rights for both spouses.
Ian James, FreedomOhio co-founder and Executive Director, applauded the lawsuit, saying, “What we are seeing today is further evidence that from cradle to grave, marriage equality matters. No matter how they become parents,...Read More
In it’s semi-annual reporting, Ohio’s largest LGBT Equality organization, FreedomOhio, reported it had received $236,876.92 in the last half of 2013. $210,000 came from the contribution of professional services to strengthen the systems and operations, and $26,876.92 from approximately 317 small donors. Contributions ranged from $1 to $1000 for an average of roughly $85.
Ian James, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Freedom Ohio issued the following statement:
“FreedomOhio has raised and invested every penny of the one million dollars in contributions into building a strong, winning statewide campaign organization, with a team of dedicated volunteers a...Read More
A recently released poll shows a majority of voters in states that do not currently allow same-gender couples to marry would, in fact, support marriage equality. Voters in central states, including Ohio, supported marriage equality by a large margin, with 59% supporting and 36% against. The poll was conducted by the research firm Anzalone Liszt Grove and paid for by the national Freedom to Marry organization.
FreedomOhio co-founder and Executive Director Ian James praised the results, saying, “This poll is yet another confirmation that Ohio is ready for all loving couples to have the fr...Read More
COLUMBUS – FreedomOhio, the campaign to bring the Freedom to Marry and Religious Freedom Amendment to Ohio voters in 2014, today announced its endorsement of the Ohio Voters Bill of Rights.
Speaking on behalf of the organization, FreedomOhio co-founder and Executive Director Ian James said, “As a campaign striving to extend basic rights to all Ohio couples, FreedomOhio recognizes the essential role that fair voting laws play in our democracy.
“Just as the right of loving couples to be married is the foundation of happy, stable families, the right to vote is the most basic foundation of our democracy. Each person should be free to love and vote...Read More
A new poll released by FreedomOhio shows that a combined 56% of respondents support the Freedom to Marry and Religious Freedom Amendment.
The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP), tested the full text of the amendment, allowing respondents to evaluate the importance of the amendment’s religious freedom protections.
At a press conference today, FreedomOhio co-founder Ian James said, “We are so excited about the results of this poll. It confirms what we have been observing: attitudes toward marriage equality are changing, and voters support the right of loving couples to be legally married in Ohio.”
“This poll is particularly importan...Read More