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.”