COLUMBUS – State Representative Gary Click (R-Vickery) provided the following statement Tuesday in response to news that the ACLU of Ohio will be filing a legal challenge against the recently passed HB 68:
“The announcement of the ACLU lawsuit comes without surprise. They have a storied history of inventing fictitious rights while opposing actual rights such as those enshrined in the SAFE Act. Children have a right to grow up intact.
It is unfathomable that a so-called civil rights organization would sue for the right to sterilize children, amputate healthy body parts, cause irreversible damage, and set children on a path to an increased risk of suicide without parental consent. Parents have a right to be free from counselors who groom their children without consent. Families should never fear losing custody of their children for not consenting to superstitious gender ideology. Nevertheless, this is what the ACLU is fighting for. It is no wonder so many refer to it as the Anti-Civil Liberties Union.
Legislation like the SAFE Act has precedent in both the 6th and 10th circuit courts, which is obviously why the ACLU intends to file in state court. However, we believe that Ohio’s constitution provides equal protection for the rights of children and parents.Gender-affirming care is a slogan, not science. Sex changes for children and counseling without parental consent are not the types of civil rights embedded in our constitution. I have complete faith in Ohio Attorney General David Yost’s ability to defend the SAFE Act.”
Today the Ohio House of Representatives overrode the governor’s veto of House Bill 68, Sponsored by Representative Gary Click by a vote of 65 to 28.
Mr. Speaker, thank you for the opportunity to stand up for the rights of children to grow up intact yet again. It has been said that there are people on both sides of this issue with the best intentions. That may be true. However, Good intentions do not save lives or protect women: good policy does. The SAFE Act is a carefully curated, thoroughly vetted policy.
COLUMBUS – State Representative Gary Click (R-Vickery) has released the following statement Friday on Governor Mike DeWine’s executive order banning sex-reassignment surgeries for minors:
COLUMBUS – State Representative Gary Click (R-Vickery) has released the following statement Friday on Governor DeWine’s veto of HB 68:
“I spoke with the Governor this morning, and it’s clear that we share a common passion for children. Even in moments when we disagree on policy, I have never questioned his heart or his character. I commend him for digging through the details of this legislation and for speaking to several qualified individuals capable of shedding light on this issue. I conducted more than six months of research before dropping this bill and another two years of in-depth study, interviews, and relationship-building with members of this community. Governor DeWine has had vast amounts of input to consume in a very short span of time.
COLUMBUS – State Representative Gary Click (R-Vickery) announced the Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act and Save Women’s Sports Act is on its way to the governor’s desk following its passage by the Ohio Senate and concurrence of the Ohio House of Representatives on Wednesday.
Issue One will not restore the Roe v. Wade decision in Ohio. It goes far beyond that, further than most prochoice advocates are even aware. It is not a middle ground solution. It is not a compromise. It does not protect women’s health.
COLUMBUS – State Representative Gary Click (R-Vickery) recently showed his support for the Jewish people of Israel with a vote in favor of House Bill 292. This legislation condemns the terrorist attacks of Hamas against the State of Israel.
COLUMBUS – State Representative Gary Click (R-Vickery) announces the official dedication of the newly named Teresa Miller-Martin 9/11 Memorial Highway, a portion of State Route 19 in Sandusky County between Link Road and Interstate 90. Click originally proposed the dedication through HB 393 of the 134th General Assembly, and the measure was ultimately passed as a component of HB 578 in the following months.
Confusion surrounding issue one is not by accident. Opponents understand that confused people won’t vote. They would rather abstain than vote wrong. In fact, one of my colleagues told me of an elderly lady who voted no by mistake and was overwhelmed in tears when she discovered her mistake. That’s why the liberal opposition is lacing their language with conservative soundbites in a red state. A little clarity will help all sides know how to vote according to their own values on this issue that was bipartisan only a few years ago.