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04/19/2007


Marriage Equality Public Education Campaign Kicks Off in Ohio: VIDEO

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Marriage equality supporters in Ohio launched a new campaign to educate the public about marriage equality yesterday while a timeframe for action is agreed upon, the Columbus Dispatch reports:

The pushback against the 2004 marriage ban gained attention yesterday with a three-city announcement of the Why Marriage Matters Ohio education campaign.

Backers at a Statehouse news conference included the Equality Ohio Education Fund, Freedom to Marry, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Ohio, clergy members, the only openly gay state legislator, a Columbus businessman and two same-sex couples.

But there is a schism in the gay and transgender community about when the Ohio campaign should begin: next year, 2016 or beyond?

Elyzabeth Holford, executive director of Equality Ohio, said Ohioans value fairness and human dignity, and will eventually vote to overturn the 2004 amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman. But she would not commit to pushing the issue to the ballot next year.

Cincinnati City Council member Chris Seelbach (above) spoke at that city's launch event:

The issue is personal for Seelbach, the city’s first openly gay council member. He talked about his desire to marry his partner of 8 years, noting “it’s about my family being treated fairly and equally in the state of Ohio.”

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Ohio Catholic School Administrator Fired for Pro-Gay Marriage Blog Post Speaks Out: VIDEO

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Earlier this week I posted about Mike Moroski, a former administrator at Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, who was fired by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati after telling him to either recant or lose his job.

ABC News reports:

In order to keep his job, Moroski would also have to create an "action plan" for himself detailing how he planned to live with morality, he said.

"I really, really believe in my conscience and the morals I've developed in my lifetime in the Catholic Church," he said. "I knew from the get-go I wasn't going to take [the post] down."

On Monday he received a phone call telling him he was terminated.

"I definitely never thought I would lose my job over something like this," Moroski said. "I have experienced God more in the past week than my entire life. I feel like I'm on the right track."

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Ohio Catholic High School Principal Fired for Blog Post Supporting Gay Marriage

Mike Morioski, the principal of Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati, was fired by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati over a blog post he wrote called "Choose Your Battles" supporting gay marriage.

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“I unabashedly believe that gay people SHOULD be allowed to marry. Ethically, morally and legally I believe this. I spend a lot of my life trying to live as a Christian example of love for others, and my formation at Catholic grade school, high school, 3 Catholic Universities and employment at 2 Catholic high schools has informed my conscience to believe that gay marriage is NOT something of which to be afraid.”

The AP reports:

Moroski had anticipated the move after refusing to take down the blog post and hiring an attorney. Moroski did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday, but he told The Cincinnati Enquirer last week that he was following his conscience when he wrote about his support of gay marriage. He said he knew he the post violated the social media policy but doesn’t feel that he violated the teachings of the church.

“I put it up there because I really truly honestly believe it,” he said. “I’m absolutely willing to lose my job over this. The only difficult thing for me now is the students.”

Moroski released a statement on his blog today:

On Monday, February 4, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati gave me an ultimatum after I expressed my personal opinion in support of freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples. I was asked to resign as assistant principal at Purcell Marian High School, or keep my job until June by signing documents recanting my statements. I was given this ultimatum after I wrote a blog on my personal web page, http://mikemoroski.com entitled, “Choosing Your Battles.” I could not in good conscience recant my statements. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has now put me on administrative leave with a pending termination.

As a proud Catholic, I’m heartbroken that my belief that all committed, loving couples should be able to make a public pledge to take responsibility for each other for a lifetime has led to this ultimatum. The expressions of solidarity I have already received from Catholic priests, sisters and justice leaders in the community strengthen my faith during this difficult time. Due to my formation in Catholic grade school, high school and three Catholic universities – not to mention my marriage to the best Catholic I know, my relationship with numerous clergy and a devout Catholic family – I have firmly rooted my life in the Gospel principles of love and justice.

After twelve years of working with teenagers whose respect I have earned, I simply can’t teach them the wrong lesson now and deny my convictions. I would not be able to look them in the eye. I have tried to instill a sense of faith and fortitude in all of them regarding issues of justice for my entire adult life. I did not turn down the Archdiocese’s terms in spite of my faith. I turned them down because of my faith.

Moroski had worked at the school for two years after teaching at Moeller High School for 10 years.


Anti-Abortion Heckler Dragged from Obama Rally in Cincinnati: VIDEO

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An anti-abortion heckler waving graphic images of fetuses was dragged from an Obama rally in Cincinnati on Sunday after a group of police pried his fingers off the stadium bars.

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Politico writes:

Obama paused his remarks as the crowd drowned the man out while the crowd picked up the familiar a chant of “four year years.”

With the Obama campaign controlling the ticket distribution at its events, hecklers interrupting the president are extremely rare. Obama, not used to the disruption, did not appear to enjoy having to pause his remarks.

“Let’s try this again,” he offered, delving back to his now-standard riff about concern for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

If you didn't see the New Left Media video we posted yesterday of Ohio voters expressing their support for Romney, it's a must-watch. Check it out HERE.

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Cincinnati Christian School Asks Teacher if He's Gay, Fires Him: VIDEO

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Jonathan Zeng, a singer and music teacher from Cincinnati, was offered a teaching job at Cincinnati Hills, a nondenominational Christian academy, which he accepted. Several hours later he was called in, asked if he is gay, and fired. He describes what happened after he accepted the job in a letter to the school board's trustees:

ZengShortly after the conclusion of this meeting, Mr. Thompson called and asked me to return to complete some necessary business they had forgotten. He explained that there was an issue weighing on his mind because of my application answers regarding my belief in Christ's unconditional love and that we as Christ's followers are to show that love to all without judgment. These responses prompted him to ask if I was a homosexual. I was completely taken aback by this and asked why that was important. He explained that it was school policy not to employ teachers who are homosexual. When I asked why, he said that it was because I would work with children and because of the sanctity of marriage. I can't begin to say how offensive and painful his comments were. I had no idea the school held such a viewpoint. Mr. Thompson was kind enough to offer me a ride, which I refused.

Towleroad has obtained a full copy of Zeng's letter and description of the incident.

Read it and watch a report from WCPO, AFTER THE JUMP...

Gannett reports:

Federal laws probably won’t protect Zeng from job discrimination on the basis that he is gay, but a local ordinance might, said Scott E. Knox, a Cincinnati lawyer who specializes in employment and discrimination law. He said Cincinnati’s Human Rights ordinance, which went into effect in 2006, makes it a criminal violation for Cincinnati employers to discriminate against someone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

The penalty is, at most, a $1,000 fine, he said. The ordinance has not been used in court yet, he said. The ordinance also exempts religious institutions, he said, but it might still apply to a private school.

HRC has launched a petition letter to the school.

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #757: It Gets Better Edition

Noah's Ark's Darryl Stephens, Margaret Cho, LGBTQIA University of Cincinnati students, alumni and staff, and Gloria Estefan lend their voices to the "It Gets Better" campaign.

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