EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAW….BUT

EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAW….BUT NOT TOO EQUAL, MIND YOU….You’ve probably heard that because of one of those weird historical flukes Ohio never ratified the 14th amendment. When I heard that they were planning to repair this oversight this year, the first thought that crossed my mind was, “I wonder if anyone will have the guts to vote against it?”

The answer, via Atrios, is: yes. And, needless to say, it’s a “handful of conservative Republicans” who have issues:

“We now have a system where there’s some misapplication. I don’t want anybody to misconstrue our re-ratification of the 14th Amendment as also ratifying those cases where it’s misapplied,” said state Rep. Tim Grendell, R-Chesterland.

….State Rep. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, is proposing more strident language: “Resolved that the General Assembly rejects those judicial interpretations of the 14th Amendment that unreasonably restrict state governments from promoting the free exercise of religion, defending the sanctity of unborn life and ensuring the equitable distribution of education dollars to aid students enrolled in schools sponsored by religious institutions.”

Lovely people, aren’t they?

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