Burress, who said he doesn't believe the order will undermine the gay-marriage amendment, also charged that granting the protections to gays and lesbians is an "insult to all minorities. Senate, included gays in their anti-discrimination orders. Cleveland Scene Bolivar Rd. But the smear campaign was picked up by Ohio Republican spokesman John McClelland, who wondered aloud why Strickland's wife Frances stayed home during a campaign vacation attended by the aide. Phil Burress, head of the conservative Citizens for Community Values, which led the successful campaign to pass Ohio's gay-marriage ban, said Strickland's order is bad public policy. Subscribe to this thread:. Cleveland Scene on Social Media.
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Strickland promised to sign such a order during his gubernatorial campaign, when he won the support of gay and lesbian groups. Most Popular Most Read. Our job is to try to win elections. Strickland's order, which does not need the approval of the General Assembly, will expire when he leaves office. Last week, the man who gave us the Defense of Marriage Act accused happily married opponent Ted Strickland of being a secret homo.
Voinovich, a Republican now serving in the U. The order goes beyond state and federal law, which protect against discrimination on the basis of race or religion but not on sexual orientation or gender identity. Limited tickets are on still on sale! Cough cough — Strickland's a homo! Spokesman Keith Dailey said the governor believes the order is the fairest way to ensure that "employment decisions are based on performance and not perception. It's just not our business. Switch to the mobile version of this page.