The Hobby Lobby decision is only about a week old, but it still promises to steamroll over many people’s rights if left unchecked. Here’s how:
Let’s start with reproductive rights. Just after the Supreme Court issued its decision in Hobby Lobby, it issued orders for six pending cases all challenging the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on religious grounds.
The Supreme Court, with a narrow majority, has decided that an employer’s religious beliefs are superior to its employees’ beliefs and medical needs. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., the Court gave a free pass to closely-held, for-profit corporations to violate a law if it does not match with the owners’ religious views.
The Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (formerly Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby) and the companion case Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burwell, is a hard hit to true religious freedom. It is also a very complex court decision.
Have you ever wanted to know more information about how the government is operating? Do you wonder what your local city council, municipal court, or the state General Assembly is up to? If you think an open government is important, then you should request a public record.
Right here in Ohio, a company is making millions in taxpayer dollars by keeping people in prison. The longer people stays in prison, the more money they are worth.
Prisons for profit are a multi-billion-dollar industry that depends on, and profits from, our national addiction to incarceration.
Children in Ohio’s youth prisons will finally be free from extreme isolation and seclusion. After youths suffered collectively through thousands of hours of being locked in isolation, the Ohio Department of Youth Services has now agreed to “dramatically reduce the conditions under which seclusion is allowed and the duration of seclusion.” Children suffering from mental health disorders were some of the most affected by this practice of seclusion.
Last week I spoke to a group in Oxford, Ohio — a beautiful town in a rural area of southwest Ohio. I drove through several small towns down winding state routes, including Eaton, Ohio, where I was overwhelmed by the town seal painted on a giant water tower.
On April 16, 2014, The Ohio Board of Education (BOE) voted to exclude sexual orientation from its nondiscrimination policy, sending a clear message to LGBT educators; you are not welcome or valued in Ohio classrooms.
Right now in Ohio, teachers can be fired simply for being perceived as gay, lesbian, or transgender.
This week, Federal Judge Timothy Black ruled that Ohio must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who are legally married in other states.
The decision does not require Ohio to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. It only requires Ohio to recognize marriages performed in other states.
Ohio is failing its children. From shackling of non-violent juveniles, to secluding school children with disabilities, to isolating children with mental illnesses, the rights and health of children are being ignored.
Children held in solitary confinement suffer extreme harm. It leads to developmental delays and increases in mental illness.
Today is the first day of early voting in Ohio; it also marks the last hoorah for “Golden Week,” the brief window of opportunity where someone can register and vote at the same time that has been so very important to low-income voters.
Primary elections are often ignored, but they are every bit as important as any other election. Often the issues on the ballot in these elections affect your life in a very real way.
Ohio’s primary election will take place on Tuesday May 6, 2014.
The Bill of Rights gives us all the freedom to express our beliefs without government persecution. For some reason, fear has spread around the country that this protection is not enough. Religious protection bills have appeared around the nation, including the vetoed bill in Arizona and Ohio’s own Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was indefinitely postponed.