Ohio, USA: Governor Backs Off of Support for Civil Unions

Written by scott on March 21st, 2013

Ohio Governor John Kasich

That was fast. Just this morning, we were reporting on Ohio Governor John Kasich’s apparent support for the idea of civil unions in his state. But he must have gotten a call from the folks over at the National Organization for Marriage, because he quickly recanted. Cleveland.com reports:


A spokesman for the Republican governor said Thursday that Kasich misspoke when he expressed support for the legal partnerships. The truth is, he doesn’t. “The governor’s position is unchanged,” Kasich’s spokesman Rob Nichols said Thursday in a statement. “He opposes gay marriage and opposes changing Ohio’s constitution to allow for civil unions.”

His explanation?

“He’s opposed to discrimination against any Ohioan and, while he may have used the term ‘civil union’ loosely in this instance, he recognizes the existing rights of Ohioans to enter into private contracts to manage their personal property and health care issues,” Nichols said, adding that Kasich’s use of “civil unions” was a reference to powers of attorney and other legal documents that can grant same-sex partners certain rights.

Bulls**t. He just got caught being reasonable, and had to backtrack to please his far-right constituents.

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