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Today is the one year anniversary of the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT), a policy that discriminated against lesbians, gays and bisexuals in the military. The idea behind DADT was that if heterosexuals in the military knew they were serving beside lesbians, gays and bisexuals, they would freak out and fall apart. The policy forced people who are not heterosexual to live in fear and to have to hide important and vital parts of their lives.  It punished upstanding people, who only wanted to serve their country. It reinforced negative attitudes toward LGBT people in America. [...]

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If you read “The secret about the 2012 elections in Ohio nobody wants to tell you about (but us)” on Tuesday and you took it to mean that we aren’t really at risk of losing Ohio for the President, and that we aren’t at risk of losing Senator Sherrod Brown’s Senate Seat and we can just relax this election year, I have some additional context to share with you.

In the article, Joseph wrote…

“It’s still 100 days out, and there is certainly a chance of some kind of unpredictable bombshell changing the landscape.  In recent history, [...]

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no one should be discriminated against when all they are trying to do is find a place to call home

Did you know that discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people is generally legal in Ohio? Recent surveys show Ohioans overwhelmingly oppose discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The people of Ohio clearly place a high value on justice and equality. Most are shocked to learn that it’s legal in Ohio to be fired from your job, denied an apartment, or refused service at [...]

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Last night we gathered with other members of the LGBT community to celebrate President Obama’s historic statement. Now we are proud to say that not only is he our first African-American president, he’s also the first American president to come out in support of marriage equality. Here’s a video of our community’s thoughtful, emotional, playful and silly responses to this joyous occasion for America…

At the event, I also had the honor to also speak with Stephen Hill, the gay soldier who was booed at a Republican debate.    President Obama’s leadership on the repeal of [...]

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Today, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Secretary of State Jon Husted announced that he will relent and allow Cuyahoga County mail unsolicited absentee ballot requests (as it’s done for years now) to voters in order to prevent overcrowded lines on election day after an unanimous, bipartisan Cuyahoga County Council passed a resolution authorizing the program.

Husted has tried to justify his opposition to large counties sending out unsolicited absentee ballots by arguing that making it easier for such voters in those counties to vote was “unfair” to other voters who didn’t have the benefit of such programs and [...]

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State Senator Kris Jordan says that he’s entitled to his privacy, even though he’s still under investigation of a crime.  Robert Mecklenborg said the same thing… a week or two before he resigned.

The one-time recipient of the Ohio Christian Alliance’s Local Elected Official of the Year says he made a mistake, but what was that mistake?

We had an emo­tional argu­ment and are embar­rassed that some very per­sonal issues have become pub­lic. We are all human. We make mis­takes.

The mistake was their domestic dispute became public? Senator Jordan’s wife didn’t make a mistake calling 911.  The [...]

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In 2006, nearly 57% of Ohio voters passed a constitutional amendment to guarantee a minimum wage law in this State that was automatically tied to inflation.  It was an election in which 53% of all registered voters in Ohio voted.

Fast forward to 2010, John Kasich is elected with roughly 49% of the vote in an election in which 49% of all register voters in Ohio voted.

Here is what the voters of Ohio enshrined in the State’s constitution in 2006 with a sizeable majority of the vote (Art. II, Sec. 34a of the [...]

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[Disclaimer: This post is being offered for educational purposes only.  It is not intended to be legal advice, nor am I creating any attorney/client privilege.  The scope of this review is what is prohibited under Ohio law.  Individual agency policies may vary.  As always, I would advise anyone to independently consult with an attorney for questions about their legal rights in their particular situation.]

I’ve gotten at least one State employee who has e-mailed me an agency “policy” statement that suggests that any political activity by classified employees are prohibited on state property.  The general structure is a memorandum that [...]

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Last week, John Kasich expressed regret at his seemingly flippiant attitude towards diversity at the very beginning of his term. He even said that he thinks his Administration should strive harder than Governor Strickland’s to get the State to meet its 1980s mandate of setting aside 15% of all government contracts to minority-owned businesses.

We should support the Governor on this, because we doubt many in his party will. But that support also means we hold him accountable for his budget, which cuts funding for the offices charged with enforcing Ohio’s minority-owned business set asides by over half.

Also, Governor Kasich is making the right call on sentencing reform. If you support gun control, then you probably should support Kasich’s killing, for now at least, of the restaurant CCW bill, too.

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The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) has finally taken a public position on HB 159, the bill that would require all voters to present a government issue photo identification in order to vote.

First the good news, Secretary Husted doesn’t believe the change is warranted:

"I believe that if you have a government-issued check, a utility bill in your name with your address on it, that no one made that up," Husted said to reporters following his speech during League of Women Voters of Ohio’s annual Statehouse Day. "They [...]

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Jon Husted is all a-Twitter (TM) about today being Democracy Day, a day to celebrate the ratification of the 26th Amendment which lowered the voting age to 18 that is held by Rock the Vote and the National Education Association (NEA… you know, one of those free loading teachers unions).

Ironic given that Husted has publicly been very quiet about is House Bill 159, a bill that requires the use of a government issued photo identification card which lists your address or a recent address any time you vote.  Currently, a person could vote [...]

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