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Issue Position: Renewing Freedom and Values

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Renewing Our Commitment to Freedom and Values

Protecting Free Speech

As Speaker of the House, Jon Husted fought to preserve opening prayer before House session. Husted protected guest pastor prayer, and in a memo to the House Clerk stated that as "the leader of this esteemed chamber, I will not allow our prayers to be censored."

After questions about the policy arose, Husted stood strong on the principles of free speech and religious tolerance by protecting the important tradition of reflection and guidance through prayer.

Respecting a Culture of Life

Jon Husted has consistently opposed using tax dollars to fund or promote abortion. In tandem with his opposition to abortion, Husted has regularly advanced efforts to provide options for women, making adoption a more streamlined and viable process for Ohio families.

Being adopted and as the father of three, Husted has deep-seeded respect and value for life. As such, he has regularly been endorsed by Ohio Right to Life. Jon Husted has again been endorsed by Ohio Right to Life PAC this year in his bid for Secretary of State.

Defending the Right to Bear Arms

As a hunter and gun owner himself, Jon Husted has been a champion of the Second Amendment.

Husted voted to create Ohio's concealed carry law and has consistently voted to strengthen it. As Speaker of the House, Husted overrode Governor Taft's veto of legislation that eliminated the plain sight requirement for concealed carry permit holders while they were traveling in motor vehicles.

He also supported legislation to give added protections to those defending their homes and families in self-defense.

Husted has also been involved in a variety of efforts to advance hunting rights and expand the tradition of these outdoor sports in Ohio.

Pro-second amendment groups across the state have already endorsed Husted's campaign for Secretary of State.

Honoring the Men and Women Protecting Our Freedoms

Jon Husted has been unwavering in his support of our military, veterans and their families and has sought to honor their service and sacrifices.

As Speaker of the House, Husted led the effort to eliminate the income tax on the pensions of veterans as an incentive to keep more of these hard-working, patriotic Americans in Ohio.

Under his leadership, the Ohio House passed a comprehensive veterans package that helped ease financial burdens on our servicemen and women. Further, he led the effort to create the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, and has called for the elimination of barriers in election laws that oftentimes impede those on active duty from fully participating in the democratic process.

Ohio Veterans United has unanimously endorsed Jon Husted's candidacy for Secretary of State.

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