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Ed Mullen lawyer, political activist and Executive Director of Equality Ohio since early 2011 was arrested on June 16th, 2012 for Menacing and Disorderly Conduct in Columbus, Ohio.

Mullen was taken into custody and held in jail overnight and later released on his own recognizance pending a pretrial on June 28 at 9am in Franklin County Judge William Pollitt, Jr’s court.

Back2Stonewall.com contacted the Columbus Police Department for further information and while details are sketchy it appears that on June 16 at 7:21 PM CPD were called to 231 Buttles Avenue in Columbus responding to a call of a disturbance.  Upon arrival Mullen was arguing with the victim whose name is unkown.  Columbus Police questioned Mullen but were wary of the answers that they were being given.  Including the fact that Mullen told the Police Officers that “he was from Chicago and was in town temporarily”.  Columbus Police decided to take Mullen downtown for further questioning at which point Mullen’s turned to the victim calling him a “fucking asshole” and telling him that “the war was on” at which time Mr. Mullen was placed under arrest.

Mullens relationship to the victim is not known at this time.

To be arrested for Disorderly Conduct is bad enough, but Menacing?  For the leader of Equality Ohio — an organization that works for LGBT Equality and has a focus on working to end bullying, to be released from jail under Court Order that reads  “No further acts of violence as a condition of bond,” and to be further ordered stay away from the prosecutor’s witness, is incredibly troubling.

Mullen who was previously the Managing Attorney for Community Integration at Access Living, a Chicago nonprofit that advocates for the rights of people with disabilities.  Since talking the reigns of the failing Equality Ohio.  Mullen has tried to energize the organization but been the subject of some controversy in Ohio LGBT’s community especially for his waffling on Ohio’s Same Sex Marriage amendment petition which he originally supported  but then pulled back his support after finding out that some national LGBT organizations such as Freedom To Marry would not back the Amendment at which time Mullen switched his position to that of FTM and other national LGBT organizations.

Mullen will be represented by a public defender and his trial is set for June 28th, 2012.

June 28th marks the 43rd Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

**UPDATE: 6.21.2012 – Mullens picture and bio were removed from Equality Ohio’s website last night after we first reported his arrest.

A statement from Equality Ohio is due sometime today to “officially” announce Mullen’s resignation.

Ed Mullen’s Criminal Arrest Reporthttp://www.scribd.com/doc/97451604/Ed-Mullen-Arrest-Record

Ed Mullen’s Criminal Case Summary: http://www.scribd.com/doc/97574266/Ed-Mullen-Criminal-Case-Summary

6 Comments

  1. Marlene says:

    There have also been runors running rampant that EQOhio was going to start a campaign *against* the FtM petition, not to mention the rumors that some EQOhio volunteers were misrepresenting the petitions they had, plus telling people NOT to sign the FtM petitions!

    Guess it’s time for EQOhio to get a new executive director — *especially* one who’s not a glory seeker/attention wh0re/drama queen!

  2. Nicholas says:

    Ed Mullen’s behavior has been an ongoing issue for Equality Ohio. The resignation(s) should not stop with Ed Mullen. Line up board members now is time to submit your resignations to save Equality Ohio of any further embarrassment.

  3. Tony says:

    This story tells us nothing; less than nothing, in fact, since the arrest reports themselves at least tell us the victim’s name. It’s interesting, seeing the number of anonymous emails sending out links to the arrest report, which does not include a narrative of the incident AT ALL, accusing Ed Mullen of many things without anything to back them up.
    The freedom to marry effort in Ohio jumped the gun horribly; instead of doing ground work to build public support, it jumped straight into things with nothing to back it up except Facebook “likes.” Equality Ohio might not support the effort, but neither does the national organization of Freedom To Marry, or the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, or really any other organization.

    • Will Kohler says:

      Actually I called the Columbus Police Department myself and got the facts so consider them backed up.

      As for Freedom to Marry national and others supporting the freedom to marry effort in Ohio I personally know these groups and why one of them didvn’t support it just like they didn’t support North Carolina. Because they thought it was a waste of money because it had no chance to win.

      Perhaps people like you and Freedom to Marry need to remember that same sex marriage in CA lost a few times also and thats how the ground work was laid.

    • Tom says:

      FTM-Ohio has much more to “back it up” than Facebook likes. They have collected thousands and thousands of signatures from all over Ohio. Facebook “Likes” mean nothing in the real world. People signing, and then voting, is what matters.
      This is a movement that people are behind. People are excited to be a part of bringing about REAL change in Ohio rather than waiting for it. Everywhere we go people line up to sign.
      They are tired of being told that this isn’t the right time, or wait for this, or that. We hear stories all the time from straight people who are proud to take a stand for equality. They have friends, family, neighbors who are discriminated against. The Marriage ban is a part of this discrimination. These people never ask “Who is backing you?” What national groups are behind you?” No, they thank us with heartfelt emotion. They are happy to see the hard work that is being done, and thrilled to help.
      FTM is going about the required business of building signature numbers. THAT’S ground work. They are serious about this…and soon they’ll have numbers that cannot be ignored.
      Other states that had “Gay Inc.” endorsements have failed. Why go about this the exact way that resulted in failure before. It’s time for a new strategy.
      Freedom to Marry-Ohio is doing the heavy lifting first, knowing that NUMBERS matter more than the opinions of other groups, initially.
      The hard work will pay off.
      Endorsements have begun to roll in. Not all are public knowledge, yet…And yes, National organizations are among them. Another state wide endorsement announcement is about to break as well.
      Meanwhile we’ll just keep working hard to bring Ohio closer to Equality.
      I, for one, am thankful for a gutsy group who is willing to forge ahead rather than sitting and waiting…and waiting…and waiting.

  4. Glenn Drake says:

    I don’t know what to make of this. His behavior was wrong and makes us look bad. I just want to know why he did the things he did. It seems out of character for someone with his background.

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