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Ohio governor signs bill protecting students’ religious liberties

Published On: 6/19/2020


The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Matt Sharp regarding Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s decision to sign the Student Religious Liberties Act, HB 164, a bill to protect freedom of religious expression and right of students to pray in public schools:

“Students do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate. Ohio’s Student Religious Liberties Act protects students’ right to express their religious beliefs and ensures that schools can’t punish or give students a poor grade simply because they choose to express a religious viewpoint when completing a class assignment. Ohio’s Student Religious Liberties Act reinforces that students don’t give up their First Amendment rights when they step through the doors of a school, and that’s a win for everyone.”

The following quote may be attributed to Citizens for Community Values President Aaron Baer:

“No student should have to hide their faith just because they enter a public school. The Student Religious Liberties Act is carefully crafted to ensure school administrators can’t unfairly penalize students of all faiths, or no faith. It shouldn’t be controversial to stand for religious freedom. That’s why we’re grateful to Gov. Mike DeWine for signing the bill, and Senate President Larry Obhof and Speaker Larry Householder for giving this essential legislation fair consideration.”


Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.


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