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The position of the Bishops of Ohio on State Issues 1, 2 & 3

National Catholic News

November 3, 2009

The Catholic Bishops of Ohio have reviewed three state wide, non partisan, issues that will be before the electorate on November 3, 2009.

Issue 1 is a proposed Constitutional Amendment that would authorize the state to issue bonds to compensate veterans of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq Conflicts.  The Catholic Bishops of Ohio are ?not opposed? to the passage of Issue 1.

Issue 2 is a proposed Constitutional Amendment that would create the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.  The Bishops support passage of Issue 2.

Issue 3 is a proposed Constitutional Amendment that would allow one casino in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.  The Bishops are opposed to Issue 3.

In arriving at their decisions, the Bishops of Ohio cite relevant Catholic Social Teaching and suggest several questions for reflection by voters in making prudential judgments on these issues.  Parishioners can find detailed background on all three issues at

The Diocesan Social Action Office encourages everyone to exercise their civic responsibility and to vote on Tuesday, November 3, 2009.   To receive regular e-mail updates on key state and national legislation that are the priorities of our Church, contact

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