A local legislator was a supporter of legislation to protector pastors from performing marriages they do not believe in. State Representative Craig Riedel of Defiance reports the Ohio Pastor Protection Act was approved in the Ohio House this week. It specifies that no ordained or licensed minister or religious society is required to solemnize a marriage or host a marriage ceremony if the marriage does not conform to the pastor’s religious beliefs. The bill removes civil and criminal liabilities for any pastor that refuses to conduct the marriage. Representative Riedel states this bill protects our religious liberties.
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