The Christian Employers Alliance announced Saturday that it will launch its first state-level chapter in Ohio after a kick-off event scheduled for May 6.
The organization was founded with the help of David Green and his family, owners of Hobby Lobby who successfully challenged Obamacare’s contraception mandate in a 2014 Supreme Court case.
In a 5-4 decision, the high court ruled that Hobby Lobby was protected by 1993’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and was exempted from paying for employees’ birth control. Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the mandate would “put these merchants to a difficult choice: either give up the right to seek judicial protection of their religious liberty or forgo the benefits, available to their competitors, of operating as corporations.”
In the wake of the court ruling, the Green family helped launch the Christian Employers Alliance, a national network of “Christian business owners who are committed to running their businesses in line with their faith, serving their community, and evangelizing.”
On Saturday, the organization announced that it would be starting a state chapter in Ohio and holding a kick-off event on May 6, which will feature several prominent speakers, including Ohio Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH-08) and Citizens for Community Values President Aaron Baer.
“Christian business owners face unique and increasing challenges in America today,” the group said in a press release. “Christian business owners in Ohio are coming together to launch CEA’s first state chapter.”
According to the press release, the organization will help business owners “connect with other Christian business owners throughout Ohio” and “find out about the legal and policy challenges facing Christian business owners and what can be done about it.”
Other speakers for the event include Vice President of Procter & Gamble Nathan Estruth and former Vice President of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Beau Euton.
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Photo “Nathan Estruth (Left)” and Photo “Warren Davidson (Right).”