COLUMBUS – In honor of Throwback Thursday, the Pepper campaign today revisited Mike DeWine’s 2014 Cincinnati Right to Life candidate survey. DeWine handwrote and signed the survey himself.
In the survey, DeWine pledged to “work actively” to revoke laws and local ordinances that infringe upon “rights of conscience.” (See Q. 13). “Conscience rights” were the exact same basis for the controversial Arizona SB 1062, a law that would have legalized discrimination against LGBT people in the state. The law was considered so extreme that prominent Republicans, including Mitt Romney and John McCain, came out against it.
Media have reported that DeWine’s pledge could undermine anti-discrimination laws in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron, Dayton, Canton, Athens, and other cities. Given the rapid shift sweeping the country striking down marriage bans, DeWine’s pledge to attack anti-discrimination laws is particularly out of touch.
This week, DeWine was called out for his extreme views at the Akron Press Club. He tried to deny his own pledge, saying, “We don’t reach out and say we’re going to impact local laws.”
Peter Koltak, Pepper’s Communications Director made the following statement:
“When DeWine talks to his extremist allies, he pledges to undermine local protections for LGBT and other Ohioans, but when he’s at a public forum in front of the press, he pretends otherwise. It’s time for Mike DeWine to stop talking out of both sides of his mouth and explain why he wants to subject Ohioans to legalized discrimination.”