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Ohio State Motto:

With God All Things Are Possible

Ohio state quarter - click to see all state quarters

Ohio became the 17th state in 1803 (see STATEHOOD ORDER).
Ohio's state quarter depicts the Wright Flyer (the Wright brothers
were Ohio natives), astronaut Neil Armstrong (first man on the moon
and also an Ohio native), an outline of the state, and the caption:
"Birthplace of Aviation Pioneers." Public domain image on Wikipedia.
See all 50 STATE QUARTERS. See All State Mottos - National Motto.

"With God All Things Are Possible"

"With God All Things Are Possible" became Ohio's state motto on October 1, 1959. A twelve-year-old boy named James Mastronardo recommended this quotation from the bible during a contest sponsored by the Ohio legislature in the early 1950's to select a state motto.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a suit against Ohio and its state motto in 1997, claiming the biblical quotation violated the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution which guarantees religious freedom separation of church and state. Federal courts allowed Ohio to retain its motto, ruling that the state motto does not endorse a specific God and therefore was not a violation of the first amendment. Four other states contain the word "God" in their mottos.

See all 50 state mottos
Map of Ohio USA - click to see all state mottos

Ohio Welcomes sign - click to see all state mottos
Ohio state highway welcome sign -
public domain image on Wikipedia
Source:
Ohio's State Motto: Ohio History Central
Links:
All State Mottos - National Motto

Ohio Gifts - Gifts by State

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