I was just checking out the Citizens for Community Standards website and found a very thorough history of Phil Burress and CCV called How One Man?s Porn Addiction Has Hurt Ohio?s Economy and Poisoned Its Political Discourse For Nearly Two Decades.
Here’s a brief overview:
Prosecuting the Art Museum: 1990
Thanks to CCV, Cincinnati became America?s first city to prosecute an art museum and its director for obscenity over it’s Robert Mapplethorpe exhibit.
An Anti-Gay City Charter Amendment: 1992
CCV pushed for “a city charter amendment that stripped gays and lesbians of protection from discrimination.”
Burress Takes […]Full Story... →
First is was banning gay-marriage. Then it was a ban on strip clubs.
Now, Citizens for Community Values is trying to stop hotels from offering adult movies to their guests.
This is not a new idea. CCV is always sticking their holier-than-thou noses into other people’s business- trying to force THEIR set of screwed-up christian values on to the rest of us.
But it’s not all bad news, folks.
The more wing-nut groups like CCV clash with businesses on issues of morality, to faster the Republican party’s tenuous alliance with evangelical Christians will fall apart.Full Story... →
Citizens for Community Values is the wing-nut group that promoted the anti-same sex marriage amendment back in 2004 and, most recently, pushed for the bill that puts restrictions on strip clubs: forbiding the touching of strippers and stopping nude dancing at midnight.
Citizens for Community Standards is the group organized by strip-club owners and dancers to help persuade voters to overturn those restrictions. It’s organized, if I’m not mistaken, by the Dancers for Democracy folks.
The CCV group, through their lawyer, is now “demanding that the strip-club owners stop using the name because it violates his client’s trademark.”
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Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith French generally had a great reputation before joining the Ohio bench. Now, that reputation is in tatters.
French is one of the sitting Ohio Supreme Court justices seeking another term. She has received significant support from outside conservative groups.
The Columbus Dispatch reported that French has been touting her activist conservative credentials recently. She told a Republican group in Powell
“Whatever the governor does, whatever your state representative, your state senator does, whatever they do, we are the ones that will decide whether it is constitutional, we decide whether it’s lawful. We decide what it […]Full Story... →
Over the past few years, conservative activists have been quietly and diligently working to take control of local and state school boards around the country. Ohio is no exception. John Kasich used his position as Governor to pack Ohio’s State Board of Education with social conservatives and pro-charter activists. Board member Cathye Smith Flory, for example, believes all kids in public schools should be taught about creationism. Debe Terhar, the outgoing board president, compared Obama to Hitler on her Facebook page. And Mark Smith, who also serves as president of Ohio Christian University, claimed Ohio-born novelist Toni Morrison should be banned for her […]Full Story... →
“My fellow Ohioans. It has now become obvious that the federal courts are going to strike down Ohio’s ban on same sex marriage. Let me be clear that I think a huge mistake has been made here. This state is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions. Old Testament, real wrath of God type stuff. Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes, the dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!
But all that will be on the unelected judges, not me.
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As Mike DeWine’s pay to play scandal continues to unfold, we are seeing new evidence and new stories about the widening scope each week. This week was no exception…
Back in January we found out that law firms seeking work with the AG’s office have donated $1.3 million to DeWine, the ORP and Mike DeWine’s son, Hamilton County Appellate Court Judge Pat DeWine. And recently it was revealed that lawyers from firms seeking special counsel work with DeWine have donated over $359,000 to his campaign.
DeWine and his team continue to claim that the contracts are awarded to the best firms, and […]Full Story... →
The Cleveland Plain Dealer Editorial Board recently endorsed Robert C. Horrocks Jr., an openly gay Republican who believes in Marriage Equality, over Richard May, an openly bigoted doofus with no other platform, in the Republican Primary for Ohio’s 9th Congressional District. The winner will lose in a landslide to incumbent Democrat Marcy Kaptur in November.
While the PD didn’t seem too wildly impressed with either Republican candidate, they were able to immediately disqualify May because of his “apparent bigotry against gay men in the GOP.” May denied an earlier report in the Toledo Blade claiming he […]Full Story... →
In an earlier Cookbook story we discussed howMike Gonadakis, head of Ohio Right to Life, used the influence of his anti-abortion organization to support Mike DeWine in his campaign for AG. Once DeWine was elected, DeWine granted Gonadakis special access to himself and his top staff, enabling Gonadakis to grow his lobbying business.
Last week, ProgressOhio revealed that a similar arrangement seems to exist between DeWine and Phil Burress, head of the anti-LGBT group Citizens for Community Values (CCV).
After spending years criticizing DeWine for being too liberal, Burress and CCV suddenly changed their tune and publicly endorsed […]Full Story... →
This last week, Ohio saw the Religious Right get handed a major defeat on it’s “Religious Freedom” bill in Ohio as the prime sponsors of HB376, Cleveland Democratic State Rep. Bill Patmon and Oxford Republican Tim Derickson withdrew their bill. Until this week, the two and their 44 co-sponsors were on a fast track to winning an incredible anti-LGBT battle but something happened along the way.
Their first major speed bump on their journey to gay discrimination was the national attention Arizona had gained for its SB1062 (which mirrored the Ohio bill). So intense was the scrutiny of that legislative […]Full Story... →
When it comes to the power and sway Ohio’s social conservatives hold in our state, especially the homophobic ones, a lot has changed in Ohio in the past nine years. The story of Phil Burress provides a good example.
Mr. Burress is a self-professed porn addict turned head of Citizens for Community Values, an organization that has crusaded against LGBT rights, pornography, and adult-oriented businesses in Cincinnati.
Remember when Ohio revised its laws regarding strip clubs a few years ago? That was Burress.
In 1993, during the apex of his political influence, Burress was part of the campaign to enact Article 12 […]Full Story... →
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