After Rob Portman’s recent “change of heart” about marriage equality, the Dispatch asked Ohio’s Republican statewide office holders if they agreed with the Senator’s position.

Kasich, Mandel and Mary Taylor all said “nope”. While Mike DeWine “declined to respond”.

So should we take DeWine’s lack of a response to mean he’s still on the fence?


DeWine has never been shy about using his office to push his socially conservative agenda.

Since taking office as AG he’s joined multiple lawsuits aimed at making contraception more difficult for Ohio’s women to obtain.  And a full 25% of his official Attorney General biography is spent discussing, with pride, the many years he spent fighting against women’s reproductive rights while in the Senate.

It appears DeWine is prepared to take on LGBT rights with the same vigor.

A Federal Judge recently ruled that Ohio could not discriminate against a same sex couple who had been married in Maryland.  John Arthur, who is dying of ALS, simply wanted the name of his partner of 20 years to be included on his death certificate.

Mike DeWine vowed to “lead the fight” against the decision.

As AG candidate David Pepper pointed out in a recent email, the “Attorney General need not support and defend laws that are unconstitutional.  Indeed, DeWine has previously said that in such cases, it is ‘his solemn duty…to speak out.'”

“I respectfully call upon Attorney General DeWine to recognize the clear Constitutional wrongs taking place here,” said Pepper.   “Allow this couple to spend their final weeks together in dignity.”




  • Mark Schrider

    Ohio’s GOP, like the national party, is so morally and intellectually bankrupt that it and its members have no qualms at all about attakcing those who cannot defend themselves.

  • Aster Nova

    I could not agree more!

  • dmoore2222

    Vote the troll out!

  • SlapFat

    Dewins is an oddball, just like the rest of his clown car buddies. Gay marriage should be legal across the nation and it’s time for Ohio to join the reasoned side of this issue.

  • Lynn Roland

    Leave it to the brain dead Liberals to put “feelings” over Ohio LAW. Got that, Liberals? LAW…not “feewings.” I applaud you Mr. DeWine

  • Retrofuturistic

    Lynn, dear— federal law trumps state law. Didn’t you take high school civics? In your case, I don’t think it’s the liberals who are “brain dead”….


    Yes, the “gay” agenda that all are created equal and will not be discriminated against.

    Yet, you have betrayed your emotions in your post; the emotion of hate and bigotry. That was the basis for DOMA and the unconstitutional anti-gay laws in this state. You dare say DeWine has not tossed away reason with an emotional response to the tragedy that is unfolding, the death of a loved one?

    Sick, twisted, cruel are the words that come to mind when regarding the thoughts of one Lynn Roland.

  • Lynn Roland

    Betrayed what emotions? All I have done is stated the law. This is what the people in Ohio have voted upon.

    Oh…and I have gay neighbors….been neighbors with them for 14 years. They vote Republican and think that this “marriage” fight is ridiculous. Put that in you pipe and smoke it.


    Excuse me if I don’t buy into your attempt to deflect with the “Some of my best friends are *fill in the blank* ” defense.

    Not only are you malevolent; you are a liar.

  • Lynn Roland

    Not all gays and lesbians want to marry, research shows…..
    It is a USA Today article dated June 29, 2013. Google it, Bing it – whatever.
    Seems I know what I am talking about more than you do – you throw insults – I give information. Those low information voters will be the death of this Country.

  • Carl0s_Danger

    Just because “some gays” don’t want to get married, that doesn’t negate the rights of others that do want to. You know nothing.. and are a bigot and hateful.

  • Lynn Roland

    States decide that issue. That is the way this Country works. Don’t like it? MOVE

  • Ross H. Hockman

    I sent an email to Mr. Dewine’s office. He never replied, or sent a form letter, for that matter. He’s forgotten his accountability to the people of Ohio.

  • anja

    Just because it’s “the law” doesn’t mean it’s right or just or even a good idea. Law are often enacted by those holding office without consideration of the people they represent as an act of personal retribution for a moral (often bigoted) stance they have. Then they get others to go along with it using misdirection, lies, graft, and bribery. Just look at the majority laws proposed in 2013 and you see there is no real practical benefit for anyone but the lawmakers them selves.

  • anja

    That’s a good one. The “Some of my best friends are blah” statement is one of the most common things (lies) said by the prejudiced to those who are not in an attempt to hide their guilt.

  • anja

    You should talk. Insults instead of reasoning is hardly a way to win your argument and in fact reinforces your opposition’s case.

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