Tag Archives: Ohio

OHIO: Anti-Union Bill Has Hidden Anti-Gay Provision Against Partner Benefits

On Wednesday the Ohio state Senate narrowly voted to strip state employee unions of most of their collective bargaining rights. And buried in that bill is a clearly unrelated provision that prevents the state from for offering any benefits to the partners of gay employees. Think Progress has the text: Sec. 3101.01 of S.B. 5: … A marriage may only …

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Union Workers Defend Their Rights As GOP Goose-Steps For Tea Party Billionaires

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Loony Tunes Pastor Janet Porter Schedules Fetus To “Testify” On Ohio Abortion Bill

Lunatic preacher Janet Porter, who regularly calls on God to strike down the U.S. government, is pulling another one of her whackadoodle stunts. A fetus has been scheduled as a legislative witness in Ohio on a unique bill that proposes outlawing abortions after the first heartbeat can be medically detected. Faith2Action, the anti-abortion group that has targeted Ohio to pilot …

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OHIO: Bowling Green Voters Approve Sweeping LGBT Rights Ordinances

Last year the city council of the college town of Bowling Green, Ohio instituted broad ordinances protecting LGBT residents from discrimination. Anti-gay Christian groups immediately forced the suspension of the new laws and had them placed on this year’s ballot. The votes are finally in and it was close. Via press release from the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force: …

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FLASHBACK: Mehlman Supports 2005 Federal Marriage Amendment

In January 2005, GOP Sen. Wayne Allard (CO) introduced the Marriage Protection Amendment (a verbatim restating of the earlier failed Federal Management Amendment) with 21 Senate GOP co-sponsors. Later that year the bill was approved for review by the full Senate Judiciary Committee. Newly appointed RNC chair Ken Mehlman gave the bill his full support to reporters at an Ohio …

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FLASHBACK: Mehlman Pushes 2004 Ohio Ballot Measure To Ban Gay Marriage

In 2004 then RNC head Ken Mehlman directly told Ohio’s anti-gay bigots to get a marriage ban on the ballot. Mehlman was interviewed after he spoke to the Summit County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day dinner March 19 at Quaker Station. “I’m here to say thank you,” Mehlman told the gathering, “because Summit County increased its votes for George W. …

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OHIO: Maggie Gallagher Tells Crowd “Hate Is Not A Family Value”

At yet another hilariously unattended stop on the Hate Tour™, Maggie Gallagher tells the “crowd” that “hate is not a family value.” Incidentally, Brian Brown has been noticeably absent from the last two stops on the tour. Embarrassed by the lousy response, Miss Brown?

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At The University Of Cincinnati

Kind of curious that the cop was wearing a microphone.

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BREAKING: God Smites Jeebus

Yesterday a six-story statue of Jesus in Monroe, Ohio was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. The “King of Kings” statue, one of southwest Ohio’s most familiar landmarks, had stood since 2004 at the evangelical Solid Rock Church along Interstate 75 in Monroe, just north of Cincinnati. The lightning strike set the statue ablaze around 11:15 p.m., Monroe …

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Dems Launch “Shirtless” Campaign Against GOP Senate Candidate Rob Portman

Portman’s name last appeared on this blog when it was revealed that Mary Cheney had contributed to his campaign. Former U.S. Rep. Portman (R-OH) opposes same-sex marriage and gay adoption.

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OHIO: Joe The Plumber Wins GOP Thing

Joe the Plumber has been elected as a GOP committee rep in Ohio. Samuel “Joe” Wurzelbacher, who was hailed by Republican John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2008, won one of nearly 400 seats on the local Republican Party committee in Ohio’s Lucas County. But don’t call him Joe the Politician just yet. The group he’ll serve on meets only a …

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Tonight: Protest At Ohio’s Miami University After Assault At Gay Fundraiser

Miami University junior Ben Collings says he and his boyfriend were assaulted after objecting to anti-gay comments he heard while attending a Gay/Straight Alliance fundraiser held at an off campus bar. Police are saying Collings initiated the fight. Collings said that when he was in the restroom, he overheard others using derogatory words for homosexuals. Things got heated after that, …

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Quote Of The Day – Chris Reichert

“He’s got every right to do what he did and some may say I did too, but what I did was shameful. I haven’t slept since that day. I made a donation (to a local Parkinson’s disease group) and that starts the healing process. I wanted this to go away, but it won’t and I’m paying the consequences.” – Ohio …

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Teabaggers Mock Man With Parkinson’s

A man with Parkinson’s disease attended a teabagger rally in Columbus, Ohio yesterday, holding a sign asking attendees to consider people with debilitating illnesses as they protested health care reform. Watch how they treated him.

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Obama Lobbies Kucinich On HCR

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Teacher Ties Boy’s Hair Into Pigtails, Encourages Class To Mock Him As A Girl

An Ohio woman has filed a federal lawsuit against her son’s elementary school after his teacher mocked his long hair by tying it into pigtails. According to the suit, the teacher then brought the boy to the front of the class and encouraged his classmates to mock him with feminine versions of his name. Allegedly, the teacher finished by taking …

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Cleveland Approves Transgender Rights

Yesterday the Cleveland City Council unanimously passed a weakened transgender rights bill. Via Spangle: By adding the words “gender identity or expression” to a criminal law that provides protection in areas of employment, housing and public accommodations, council members took a huge step forward, supporters said. “Basically, it means that I won’t have to worry about being fired,” longtime activist …

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Cincinnati: Threats Force Removal Of Atheism Billboard

Two days after it went up, yesterday a Cincinnati billboard promoting atheism was removed after the landlord of its site received “multiple serious threats.” The group that funded the billboard, the United Coalition of Reason, was contacted by Lamar Advertising of Cincinnati. Lamar reported that the landowner of the site had been threatened over the billboard’s message and wanted it …

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2014 Gay Games Go To Cleveland

In an announcement just live-streamed from Cologne, Germany, organizers announced that the 2014 Gay Games have been awarded to Cleveland. Washington DC and Boston were the other finalists. Two weeks ago the Cleveland city council pledged $2M in cash and in-kind services to support the games.

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Ohio Mayor In Drag Scandal

The mayor of East Cleveland, Ohio has found himself in the middle of a controversy after photos of him in drag (NSFW) were leaked, presumably by his opponent. Barring the possibility that he’s campaigned against LGBT rights, who the hell cares how the mayor gets his private jollies? Cross-dressing is not a crime, but it will surely be the end …

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