Legal-Ease: Considering ‘blue laws’ on Easter

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney with Schroeder Law LLC in Ottawa. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at (419) 523-5523. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

In the earliest days of our country, ‘blue laws’ were those generally designed to promote religion, such as outlawing most work on Sundays. These laws have been debated, changed, struck down and upheld since America’s founding.

Yesterday was one of the world’s holiest days for Christians. It is not coincidental that Easter is celebrated on a Sunday, which is the holiest day of the week for Christians.

The Christian sanctity of Sunday has made Sunday significant to our government since our country’s founding. In fact, government protection of Sunday’s sanctity dates back to 1676 in England, when the British government first outlawed work (other than work of necessity and charitable work) on Sundays. That law was the first of many laws that have come to be known as “blue laws.”

Read Lee’s full article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Considering ‘blue laws’ on Easter

Source:, Legal-Ease: Considering ‘blue laws’ on Easter by Lee R. Schroeder, April 4, 2015

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