The Catholic Conference of Ohio, as the official representative for the Ohio Catholic Bishops in public matters affecting the Church and the general welfare of Ohioans, often speaks out and testifies on legislative bills.
HB 36 allows ministers not to solemnize marriages contrary to beliefs. It helps clarify existing provisions that protect religious liberties.
"The Catholic Church has a longstanding teaching on the sacredness of marriage, and specific requirements regarding the ceremony. While we will defend the premise that the recent Supreme Court decision did not change our ability to practice such teachings within our church structures, we feel it is important to have Ohio pursue legislation that provides the State with clarity and intent, lest there be uncertainties and legal challenges to this First Amendment Right."