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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Thursday, October 14, 2004

    Leadership is finally Job 1 for Gov. Bob 

    Rather than join the gay bashers, Gov. Bob Taft - Mr. Wishy-Washy - has come down on the side of Ohio's economy. (Does it have one?) Taft has joined other prominent politicians, from Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic to Sens. Mike DeWine and George Voinovich, in opposing Issue 1, the proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriages in Ohio and more than likely wreak legal havoc because of its sloppy language.

    The governor, who earlier this year signed the state's Defense of Marriage Act, is not exactly gay friendly but he does recognize that the imprecise language of the proposed amendment could have consequences not only for same sex couples but also for ``senior citizens and for any two persons who share living accommodations.''

    Phil Burress, chairman of the Ohio Campaign to Protect Marriage (hey, Phil, my marriage does not need your protection), is unconcerned about Taft's opposition.

    ``It's really unimportant to us what the governor thinks,'' Burress said.

    In other circumstances, Ohioblog would agree with Burress about Taft. But on this issue, let's hope Ohioans do listen. And, Bob, thanks for showing some leadership (if well after such Republicans as Attorney General Jim Petro). It is what you should have been doing for the last six years.

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 11:38 AM

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