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Ohio Bill Regarding Business Participation in Same-Sex Marriage (HB 296)

This law was last updated on Nov 19, 2018




HB 296


Failed to Pass


Aug 5, 2015


Conscience and Refusal Clauses, LGBTQ, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

HB 296 would provide protections for businesses that refuse to participate in a same-sex marriage ceremony if participation in the ceremony violates the business’s right of conscience or freedom of religion.

The bill protects businesses from civil or criminal liability and claims that the exercise of rights in this provision is not an act of discrimination.

The bill defines “ceremony” to include any activity relating to participation in creating a marriage union between two persons of the same sex.

The bill defines “participation” to include the provision of goods and services.


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