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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Friday, October 08, 2004

    With friends like these, what's a mean ol' Issue to do? 

    If Ohioans are not sufficiently divided by the presidential race, Issue 1 should do the trick. The issue not only would amend Ohio's constitution to forbid same sex unions but it would also prohibit state and local governments from granting legal status to any unmarried couple, gay or straight. Overreaction to granting of gay marriage rights by Massachusetts and civil union rights by Vermont and other states has caused the Ohio Campaign to Protect Marriage to put on the Nov. 2 ballot an amendment so sloppily constructed that even people opposed to gay marriage cannot support it. Polls indicate the majority of Ohioans want such a ban. So how can Issue 1 lose? It can fail because it has lost such people as Republican U.S. Sens. Mike DeWine and George Voinovich who both oppose gay marriage but do not support Issue 1. Neither does Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro. And neither do Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic, the AARP and the League of Women Voters.

    All of these groups and leaders and academics such as Ohio State University President Karen Holbrook believe this sweeping restriction will make Ohio even more unfriendly to young, creative people who can change the course of the state not so much in the bedroom as on main street. Beyond the issue of tolerance is one of economics. Companies don't open shop in states that limit their pool of workers.

    Ohioblog has always thought the only people Ohioans couldn't tolerate were the Pittsburgh Steelers. Nov. 2 will surely put that theory to the test.

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 11:14 AM

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