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Ohio Christian Alliance Stands with Voting Citizens of Medina City and Files Lawsuit to Secure Their Voting Rights
Mon, Feb 3rd, 2020 1:57:46 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE             February 3, 2020

Ohio Christian Alliance Stands with Voting Citizens of Medina City and Files Lawsuit to Secure Their Voting Rights   click here to read the case as filed

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Today we are here at the Ohio Supreme Court to secure resolution concerning the voting rights of the citizens of Medina City who wrongfully had their signatures invalidated from the referendum petition on Medina City Ordinance 112-19 passed by Medina City Council on July 8, 2019.

When City Council passed Ordinance 112-19, the citizens exercised their right to circulate a petition of referendum to place the measure on the ballot for the people to decide. The Concerned Citizens of Medina City Committee and volunteers collected 1,173 referendum petition signatures and submitted them to Medina City Finance Director Keith Dirham on July 31, 2019.  He held the petitions for ten days, and then forwarded them to the Medina County Board of Elections. The Board of Elections reviewed the petitions and then issued its report that 260 petition signatures had been invalidated, bringing the total valid signatures to 939, forty-four short of what is needed to place the measure on the ballot.

 

However, upon review by the citizens committee after obtaining a public records request of the Board’s findings, it was discovered that 59 signatures had been disqualified for what the board termed “non-matching signatures.” The citizens committee then secured forty-seven sworn affidavits with photocopy ID evidence from petition signers whose signatures had been thus invalidated, attesting that it indeed was their signature on the referendum petition.

On November 18th Marie Nauth, a registered elector in the City of Medina and a signer of the referendum petition, submitted the Petition Protest Appeal along with the forty-seven sworn affidavits with proof of identity to the Medina County Board of Elections.  The Medina County Board of Elections took no action in response to the citizens’ request for a hearing. After exhausting every possible avenue of appeal, the voting citizens of Medina City represented in this lawsuit had no recourse but to file suit to secure their voting rights.

It is clear that the rights of these voters are being denied. The forty-seven voters whose signatures were wrongly invalidated, as well as the other signers of the referendum petition were denied their right to the ballot. This is a violation of everything we stand for concerning the integrity of elections. The right of the people’s referendum should not be denied when they have clearly gathered enough signatures to place the referendum on the ballot for the people to decide.

It is our hope that the Court will see the injustice of the actions of the Medina County Board of Elections and local county officials who have been insistent on taking no action and have become tone deaf concerning the fundamental Constitutional right of its citizens to vote.

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Portman Statement on Witnesses in Senate Impeachment Trial
Fri, Jan 31st, 2020 8:34:53 pm

Portman Statement on Witnesses in Senate Impeachment Trial

 WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today issued the following statement on the issue of witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial:

 

Urgent Action Alert-Call Members of the House Committee to Stop H.B. 369 LGBTQ Special Rights Bill
Fri, Jan 24th, 2020 11:17:00 am

Urgent Action Alert-Call Members of the House Committee to Stop H.B. 369 LGBTQ Special Rights Bill

Radical homosexuals are pushing an LGBTQ special rights bill at the Ohio House Civil Justice Committee, chaired by Rep. Steve Hambley of Medina (District 69). The legislation is scheduled for its second hearing on Tuesday, January 28th, a proponent testimony hearing. OCA President Chris Long stated, "It is urgent for people of faith across the State of Ohio to make calls, send emails and letters to their state representatives, expressing their concern over this radical special-rights bill. After speaking with members of the clergy across the state, the concern is real. This legislation appears to be on a fast track for passage, and it is urgent that people of faith flood the phone lines at the Ohio Statehouse. We would like to thank Mission America and Ohio Value Voters for joining us in opposing this legislation. This legislative push is about to awaken a sleeping giant in our state."  

What's wrong with this bill?  - The language is ambiguous and nondescript.  - It provides for special rights, not equal rights. - It presents a real threat to religious liberty to churches, synagogues, and houses of worship statewide. - If it were to become law, the church treasuries would be drained from legal battles for years to come. - It violates the privacy rights of women and children by allowing members of the opposite sex to use bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, and athletic programs of their perceived sexual orientation. - H.B. 369 is 111 pages long. Click here to read pages 49, 50, and 51. CALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE TODAY AT THIS LINK.

These SOGI ordinances have already passed Cuyahoga County, the cities of Medina, Westerville, and Cincinnati, and now they want to push it state-wide. We have to stop them. 

Your privacy and religious liberty rights are about to be violated unless you act today!

D-Day Prayer Project
Sun, Dec 15th, 2019 12:27:26 pm

D-Day Prayer Project-The effort to add FDR's D-Day Prayer in its entirety at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. 

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Ohio Christian Alliance and Concerned Citizens of Medina City Call for Ohio Secretary of State to Conduct Audit of Petitions Filed for Referendum on Medina City Ordinance 112-19
Wed, Dec 11th, 2019 4:34:34 am

Ohio Christian Alliance and Concerned Citizens of Medina City Call for Ohio Secretary of State to Conduct Audit of Petitions Filed for Referendum on Medina City Ordinance 112-19

Today the Ohio Christian Alliance calls on the Ohio Secretary of State to conduct an independent audit of the Referendum Petition on Ordinance 112-19 which was passed by Medina City Council on July 8, on which a citizen referendum petition was filed on July 31, 2019.

Westerville City Council Passes SOGI Ordinance-Local Citizens Respond With Action
Tue, Dec 3rd, 2019 4:48:57 pm

Click here to read the SOGI ordinance as passed by Westerville City Council

Westerville City Council passed a comprehensive sexual orientation-gender identity special rights ordinance on Tuesday night over the objections of concerned of citizens in the community. This newly passed ordinance will allow members of the opposite sex to use the bathrooms of their choice in public venues. Faith organizations are not exempt. If they rent their facilities for wedding receptions and public functions, they could be in violation of this newly passed ordinance.

A number of people in the community were not even aware that Council was moving forward with this comprehensive special rights ordinance. Some residents questioned the timing, as the opportunity to launch a referendum effort would be difficult given the holiday calendar. Nevertheless, concerned citizens in the City of Westerville are moving forward in response to the actions by City Council. 

A referendum effort that would overturn the actions of Council is being considered. If you are interested in volunteering to circulate the petition in the City of Westerville or are a concerned resident of the City of Westerville who would like to sign the referendum petition, click here, and volunteers who are organizing the effort will contact you. 

OCA President Chris Long made the following statement, "The people of Westerville have several ways that they can challenge this newly passed ordinance - a referendum effort to overturn the ordinance by placing it on the ballot, a lawsuit that would challenge the new ordinance that it violates the rights of privacy, and also the local citizens could consider a charter amendment. All of these options are being considered. The Ohio Christian Alliance stands ready to provide assistance to local citizens who are concerned about this newly passed ordinance."

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - PROTEST OF FINDING INVALIDATING REFERENDUM PETITION
Mon, Nov 18th, 2019 3:26:58 pm

 PROTEST OF FINDING INVALIDATING

SIGNATURE OR SIGNATURES ON REFERENDUM PETITION

 

Medina, OH - Concerned Citizens of Medina City today submitted a protest appeal to the Medina County Board of Elections and the Ohio Secretary of State regarding the Medina City Ordinance 112-19 that was passed by Medina City Council on July 8, 2019. This ordinance is an LGBTQ comprehensive special rights ordinance. Citizens in the community of Medina had expressed concerns about the comprehensive nature of the ordinance before Medina City Council passed it.

 

Citizen volunteers with assistance of the Ohio Christian Alliance circulated a referendum petition to place the measure on the ballot.  1,173 signatures were gathered in just fourteen days. On July 31st, the citizens committee submitted the referendum petition in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code to City Finance Director Keith Durham. Mr. Durham held the petitions for ten days before submitting them to the Medina County Board of Elections for review. On August 12th the Board of Elections reported that they had invalidated 234 of the signatures.  983 signatures were needed to place the measure on the ballot. The Board determined that the referendum petition committee had 939 good signatures, 44 signatures short of what was needed.

 

The Ohio Christian Alliance made a public records request from the Medina County BOE and began a review with its attorneys of the Board’s findings. The Medina County Board of Elections officials had invalidated 59 signatures for what they called “non-matching signature.”  In other words, these are registered voters in the City of Medina about whom the Board of Elections officials made a judgement call by stating that their signatures did not match what the Board had on file. The Concerned Citizens of Medina City Committee and its volunteers informed the petition signers whose signatures were rejected that the Board had invalidated their signatures for what they termed “non-matching”. These citizens were more than eager to sign sworn affidavits attesting to their identity, and that they had indeed signed the referendum petition and wanted it on the ballot.

 

This material proof has been submitted as testament that these signatures were valid and that these petition signers wrongfully had their signatures invalidated by the Board’s review. We are confident that upon further review, the referendum effort will be certified for the November 2020 ballot.  It is important that the people’s right of referendum be upheld.  

A Statement from the Ohio Christian Alliance. A Public Records Request Has Been Made to the Medina County Board of Elections Regarding the Referendum Petition on the LGBTQ Special Rights Ordinance 112-19. 
Tue, Aug 20th, 2019 10:35:52 pm

The Medina County Board of Elections on Monday reported to Medina City Finance Director Keith Dirham that the referendum petition effort on Ordinance 112-19, the LGBTQ Special Rights Ordinance, had fallen short of the signatures needed. However, OCA and its attorneys see discrepancies in the initial report.  The Board invalidated 260 of the 1,173 signatures submitted. OCA President Chris Long made the following statement, “Today we officially made public records request for the complete report of the signature review by the Medina County Board of Elections.  There are a number of questions concerning the initial report.   We believe that upon further review enough signatures will be validated to place the measure on the ballot in November 2020. The Concerned Citizens of Medina City, along with the Ohio Christian Alliance and their attorneys will review and challenge the Board’s findings on the signatures they invalidated. We are confident that we will have enough signatures to be on the fall ballot of 2020. The residents of the City of Medina who are concerned about this new ordinance have a right to have their voices heard at the ballot box. We will fight for their right of representative government and for them to have their opportunity to vote. We are only 44 signatures away from certification for the referendum to be on the ballot. We are confident that the court will validate enough signatures for the referendum to be on the ballot and let the people decide.”

OCA Statement on the Defeat of State Issue 1
Tue, Nov 6th, 2018 9:57:45 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                             

Ohio Christian Alliance Statement on the Defeat of State Ballot Issue 1

Today, Ohio voters read through the deception and soundly voted down State Ballot Issue 1.  The proposed constitutional amendment would have been bad for Ohioans, and especially harmful to the very people it is purported to help.   Promoted as an effort for prison reform, this deceptive ballot measure would have actually created conditions for more drug trafficking and opiate addiction, overdose and death in Ohio communities. Ohio has already seen its share of grief and loss in its battle against drug addiction. 

As the Ohio Christian Alliance has asserted from the beginning, we can now proceed with real common sense criminal sentencing reform for minor drug offenses. Working with a coalition of legislators, law enforcement, members of the judiciary, civic organizations, and the Chamber of Commerce, we can begin to put together a meaningful construct of common sense criminal sentencing reform. This would include a pathway for expungement of some non-violent fourth and fifth degree felonies, so that these Ohioans can again find their way back into society and attain gainful employment.

OCA President Chris Long stated, “The Ohio Christian Alliance looks forward to working with the coalition to begin this legislative initiative as we continue to win the battle against the insidious opiate addiction crisis in Ohio that is affecting so many of our neighbors.  Now the real work can begin.”

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The Ohio Christian Alliance Today Stands with Other Ohio Faith Leaders to Oppose State Ballot Issue 1
Mon, Oct 15th, 2018 10:16:51 am

The Ohio Christian Alliance Today Stands with Other Ohio Faith Leaders to Oppose State Ballot Issue 1

 (Columbus, OH) OCA President Chris Long today stood with faith leaders to oppose State Ballot Issue 1. Faith leaders have now joined the ranks of the Ohio Bar Association, the Ohio Municipal League, the Ohio Judicial Conference, State Sherriffs’ Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the Ohio State Coroners Association in their opposition to State Ballot Issue One.

 Today’s press conference demonstrates that more Ohioans are turning against the proposed State Constitutional amendment.  Promoted as an effort for prison reform, in reality, the deceptive ballot measure would create conditions for more drug trafficking and opiate addiction, overdose, and death in Ohio communities. Ohio has already seen its share of grief and loss in its battle against drug addiction. 

 The amendment as proposed would strip law enforcement of the ability to curb drug use and trafficking in local communities.  Judges would no longer have the ability to provide options to defendants in the courtroom of either incarcerated addiction recovery programs or paroled drug addiction recovery programs. The amendment as proposed is cloaked as an effort for prison reform, but is in reality a proposed constitutional law that will make it nearly impossible for communities, law enforcement, and the judicial system to police and curb drug possession and drug trafficking on the streets of Ohio cities and communities.  

That is why the Ohio Christian Alliance is urging pastors, churches, and our fellow Ohioans to vote NO on State Ballot Issue 1.  Ohio is beginning to make some headway in our battle against drug overdoses and drug-related deaths. State Ballot Issue 1 would put a halt to the progress we have made and only make matters worse. That is why we are urging a NO Vote on Issue 1!

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An open letter to Members of the Ohio Legislature:  
Wed, May 16th, 2018 2:44:53 pm

                                                                                                                           

An open letter to Members of the Ohio Legislature:

 

Due to the unexpected resignation of Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, the Ohio House majority must vote on a new Speaker to finish out the current session. Because the business of The People’s House must continue in the 132 General Assembly, we the undersigned suggest the following:

 

In light of the FBI investigation of former House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, we suggest that a Speaker be chosen from among the Majority who is not currently part of the leadership team, who is not running for re-election, and who could serve on an interim basis until the end of the current session. A new Speaker could then be elected after the fall Election. This would allow for the House to continue its session without a lengthy interruption.

 

It is important to put The People’s business first.

 

Sincerely,

Christopher R. Long                                              Linda Harvey     

President, Ohio Christian Alliance                        President, Mission America

Rev. Alfred B. Davis                                              Rev. Dr. Kenneth Johnson                        

Richfield Bible Baptist Church                              Pastor Seaman Community Methodist Church 

Molly Smith                                                            Pastor Dan Wolvin                                                                  

[President, Cleveland Right to Life;                       State Director Awake America Ohio           

resident, National Personhood Alliance]

Diane Stover                                                           Rev. James Tasker

President, Ohio Value Voters, Inc.                         Priest in the Anglican Church North America

Mark Stevenson                                                      Pastor Phil Fulton                                              

Director, Ohioans for Educational Freedom           Union Hill Church

Mark Harrington

Executive Director, Created Equal

School Choice in Ohio now at risk with the sudden closure of the online school ECOT.
Sun, Jan 21st, 2018 10:20:44 am

School Choice in Ohio now at risk with the sudden closure of the online school ECOT.

A Statement from the Ohio Christian Alliance:

"On Thursday when the ODE (Ohio Department of Education) turned down the latest offer of restructured payments by ECOT school, they all but set in motion the immediate closure of the online institution ECOT schools. In doing so, they put in jeopardy the 12,000 students currently enrolled in the school. The magnitude of this decision is equivalent to a major Ohio school district being forced to close in the middle of the school year. State superintendent Paolo DeMaria and his administration had no contingency plan for these students. Parents and students are now scrambling to find other schools to enter, including the 2,287 seniors. This crisis could have been averted by the ODE and the Kasich administration. Their failure to provide a workable solution that would have at least finished the school year for ECOT and its students, is in our opinion gross incompetence and negligent. We would hope that this decision was not made for political purposes. That would be unconscionable as it is affecting so many school children who depend on this online Ohio school for their continuing education. We would hope that the legislature would act quickly to remedy this situation."

We agree with the following Statement by State Representative Andrew Brenner Chairman, Ohio House Education & Career Readiness Committee.
"This could have been avoided had the department of education set up a payment plan that would have allowed the students to finish the school year at ECOT. I warned the Department of this months ago, so their lack of consideration makes me concerned about the long-term ramifications of School choice in Ohio. Since ECOT is now closing the Ohio Department of Education has the responsibility to make sure all 12,000 kids are quickly and properly placed into alternative situations."

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