Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, already on the record as being against LGBT civil rights, but in a new political survey sent out by the fringe anti-abortion group Right To Life of Greater Cincinnati he has pledged that he will “work actively” to revoke state laws and local ordinances that upset people’s religious beliefs as reported by Bob Vitale of Outlook Ohio Magazine.
That means anti-discrimination laws in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron, Dayton, Canton, Athens and other cities might well be in his sights for a second term.
It also means he might renew a push for legislation that’s similar to a bill withdrawn by sponsors earlier this year after they learned it would have opened the door to discrimination against Ohioans based on their sexual orientation or gender identity identical to the one recently passed in Mississippi but which failed in Arizona.
The first-term Republican is facing a challenge in the Nov 4 election from Democrat David Pepper, a former Hamilton County commissioner and Cincinnati councilman who has made an issue of DeWine’s ongoing use of taxpayer money to fight federal court rulings that have chipped away at Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage.
In the survey for the anti-abortion group, DeWine also said that all levels of government should define marriage as an institution solely for opposite-sex couples.
ProgressOhio has revealed that an arrangement seems to exist between DeWine and Phil Burress, head of the anti-LGBT hate group Citizens for Community Values (CCV) which is a “officially affiliated” with the notorious and nationally recognized anti-gay hate groups the Family Research Council and American Family Association
After spending years criticizing DeWine for being too liberal, Burress and CCV suddenly changed their tune and publicly endorsed him in the 2010 AG’s race. Soon after, Burress’s daughter, Stephanie McCloud, became part of DeWine’s transition team and would later receive lucrative special counsel contracts with DeWine’s office totaling over $100,000.00 in July and August of 2013 alone.
DeWine called in Burress, an extreme anti-LGBT activist, to help build up his credibility with the far right. And he’s helped maintain that allegiance by using his office to call in favors for Burress’s family and to aggressively fight to maintain the ban on same-sex marriage in Ohio that Burress helped put in place.
You can read DeWine’s survey and other anti-gay Ohio GOP candidates up for re-election by clicking here – > Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati.