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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed Fitzgerald supports gay marriage
His position is at odds with Gov. Kasich and a constitutional amendment passed in 2004
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


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Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald has staked out a position on gay marriage that differs vastly from Gov. Kasich's.
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The Democratic candidate for governor, Ed Fitzgerald, has come out in favor of gay marriage. The Cuyahoga County executive told a gay magazine in Columbus that he would back a constitutional amendment in Ohio to allow it.
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In 2004, Karl Rove helped spearhead anti gay-marriage amendments in Ohio and nine other states. President Bush’s campaign manager that year said the idea was to turn out conservative voters, and it worked. Now only nine years later, some politicians feel safe enough to support gay marriage.

Ed Fitzgerald told Outlook Columbus: “I believe in full equality for all Ohioans, and that includes the LGBT community, and that includes issues not just related to marriage, but also employment and housing.”

His campaign issued a press release quoting his comments in the magazine.

In March, GOP Sen. Rob Portman changed his views and announced he is in favor of gay marriage because his son is gay.  That led to an immediate backlash from conservative Republicans.  It also led to ridicule by others who coined the verb “Portmanize” to mean adopting a view only because it benefits someone close to you. But Portman’s stance could also make him more popular as a presidential candidate in 2016.

But a small indication of how Ohioans feel about the subject could be coming sooner. Fitzgerald’s decision draws a distinction between him and Gov. Kasich. The governor said in March he was against gay marriage but would support civil unions. His aide later told reporters that the governor made a mistake and did not support civil unions.  Polls generally find younger Americans are much more amenable to gay marriage than older citizens. 

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I will vote for Kasich. My vote is based on Kasich's opposition to 'gay marriage'.

p.s. there is no such thing as gay marriage

r m kraus/akron


Posted by: Robert Kraus (Akron) on February 28, 2014 4:02AM
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