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Procter & Gamble Comes Out In Support Of Same-Sex Marriage - VIDEO

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For the first time in its history, Cincinnati-based consumer products group Procter & Gamble (P&G) is openly supporting same-sex marriage, reports Cincinnati.com.

This may not be great news for right wing anti-gay zealots. Tony Perkins, the leader of listed hate group Family Research Council, last week hinted at a possible boycott of Apple after CEO Tim Cook came out.

Procter & Gamble says that it has embraced LGBT employees for more than 20 years and same-sex marriage has become an important enough issue to its workers that it is taking a public stand.

Deborah P. Majoras, P&G's chief legal officer and executive sponsor to GABLE, the company's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender-allied employee group, said:

"We have always supported our employees and fostered a culture of inclusion and respect – this includes the right to marry whomever they choose and to have that union legally recognized.”

William Gipson, P&G's chief global diversity officer, added that being LGBT-inclusive is “not a political statement, but a statement of support for our employees."

P&G’s announcement of its support for same-sex marriage comes a week after the city of Cincinnati won top score for inclusion by Human Rights Campaign (HRC). P&G also received a perfect score this year from HRC for its inclusion policies.

Terry Kelly, principal and investment adviser at Cincinnati-based investment management firm Bartlett, said that although P&G's latest stand could anger some consumers, the company has already weighed those risks.

Back in 2007, P&G supported the first kiss between two same-sex teenagers on soap As The World Turnswhich you can watch AFTER THE JUMP...

Back in August, advocacy group the Bilerico Project called on people to boycott P&G, the biggest television advertiser in Russia. P&G was also a Worldwide Olympic Partner and a sponsor of the controversial 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

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Cincinnati Catholic School Members Protest Against Anti-Gay Contract, 'Morality Clause': VIDEO

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Cincinnati teachers and parents are protesting the local archidocese requirement that all Catholic school teachers sign a contractual “morality clause” forbidding any public or private support or practice of homosexuality, artificial insemination, pre- and extra-marital sex, or abortion.

WLWT reports:

At least a hundred Catholic teachers, parents and students protested at Fountain Square on Tuesday. Their message to the archdiocese: is fix the contract.

Protestors have signed a local petition with more than a thousand signatures. The national one has 23,000.They will walk to the archdiocese offices to deliver the petitions.

One of the teachers is refusing because of her gay son:

“The main reason I will not sign this contract is my son is gay, and the day he came out to me, the world was lifted off of his shoulder as well as mine, and it was at that moment that I said to myself I will never hide who he is, be embarrassed of who he is and at that point I said I’m going to use this opportunity to make a difference,” Molly Shumate said.

Protestors hope to increase dialogue with the archdiocese and to revert to last year's teacher contract that did not contain the so-called “morality clause."

As we said earlier, presumably the archdiocese revised the contract to avoid high-profile firings like that of Mike Moroskin, the Ohio administrator who was fired for publishing a pro-marriage equality blog post last year, and Carla Hale, the Ohio teacher who was also fired last year after her mother’s obituary listed the name of Carla’s female partner.

You can watch video of the protest, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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.”

Watch WLWT's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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