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Ohio Gubernatorial Candidate Ed FitzGerald: I Will Sign Marriage Equality and LGBT Non-Discrimination Bills

Ohio Governor John Kasich's only Democratic challenger for reeelection, Ed FitzGerald, tells Outlook Columbus that he supports full equality for LGBT Ohioans:

Fitzgerald“I believe in full equality for all Ohioans, and that includes the LGBT community, and that includes issues not just related to marriage, but also employment and housing,” said FitzGerald, 44, a former FBI agent and former mayor of gay-friendly Lakewood.

“If it’s on the ballot I’m going to vote for it. If something comes across my desk when I’m governor, I’m going to sign it.”

FitzGerald was critical of Kasich’s position on LGBT issues, which goes no further than a comment in March that he has gay friends. Kasich told a TV interviewer then that he supported civil unions for gay and lesbian Ohioans, but his spokesman quickly retracted the comments and said the governor didn’t know what civil unions were.

“Maybe part of his brain told him it was the right thing to do and the other part told him, ‘You have a right wing in your party that you can’t defy,’” FitzGerald said.

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  1. Go Ed!

    Posted by: Joe Lacey | May 29, 2013 3:39:22 PM

  2. He sure is handsome!

    Posted by: Monrocsol | May 29, 2013 3:49:21 PM

  3. Well, hopefully, this will force Kasich to state what his opinions are. It would be very interesting to hear a Democratic politician come out against gay rights now. I'm curious to see whether he takes the Chris Christie "this is what my church says, so my hands are tied" approach. In any case, FitzGerald sounds like a breath of fresh air.

    Posted by: Jere | May 29, 2013 3:53:10 PM

  4. Yay Ohio!

    Posted by: Andy | May 29, 2013 4:15:49 PM

  5. Kasich is still on yesterday's train with that civil union crap.

    And good on ya Ed for calling him out on that 'gay friends' 'civil union' 'no I misspoke' rhetoric. Refreshing is the word.

    Finally an outspoken ally for Ohio!

    Posted by: JONES | May 29, 2013 4:41:20 PM

  6. I'll be voting for him!

    Posted by: greenfuzz | May 29, 2013 7:24:42 PM

  7. The Governor didn't know what civil unions were? Is there a Stupid Hall of Fame I can nominate that to?

    Posted by: Eddie | May 29, 2013 7:54:45 PM

  8. ... and get a hair implant for the front part of my 8 ball XD!!!!

    Posted by: MArk | May 29, 2013 10:27:13 PM

  9. FitzGerald would get my vote regardless, anything to get that arrogant ass Kasich out of office. This is wonderful icing on the cake

    Posted by: jim | May 30, 2013 8:30:20 AM

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