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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Tuesday, October 26, 2004

    Nothing civil about this issue 

    Here's an irony (an often misused word): President Bush will benefit in Ohio because Issue 1 to ban gay marriage (and any other kind of personal arrangement outside of heterosexual marriage) is on the ballot and will attract conservative voters to the polls. Over the weekend, the president told Charles Gibson of ABC's Good Morning America that he doesn't think ``we should deny people rights to a civil union, a legal arrangement, if that's what a state chooses to do so.'' Ohio so chooses to ban all such arrangements (see its Defense of Marriage Act) - and more. So does the Republican Party platform on which Bush is running.

    And here's more...

    Legal experts consider Ohio's proposed constitutional amendment the most far-reaching of any being considered on Election Day around the country. It would ban civil unions between all unmarried couples - gay or straight. The first TV commercials opposing Issue 1 stress that unmarried seniors who live together could not inherit property (at least not automatically) because relationships that ``approximate marriage'' would be forbidden. Seniors will remember when these kinds of arrangements used to be called ``living in sin.'' Such judgmental rhetoric has gone out of fashion even in conservative Ohio - unless, of course, you're gay.

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 10:50 AM

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