Bo Shuff

2010 Already?

Filed By Bo Shuff | April 20, 2009 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality, Politics, Politics
Tags: eric resnick, Jennifer Brunner, lee fisher, marriage, Ohio, ohio senate, Senate, u.s. senate

At least here in Ohio, conversations are already starting in on the nominees for our open Senate Seat.

Even though it is an Ohio interest story, I think it bears mention here as a tactic for moving forward on marriage equality.

Eric Resnick, reporter for the Gay People's Chronicle in Cleveland sat down with the two Democratic candidates for United States Senate.

The results after the jump.

The full story is here.

In summary, while they are both supportive of the LGBT community, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner "unequivocally believes that same-sex partners should have the right to marry. She does not put any qualifications on it, nor attempt any equivocation. It is a belief she has held publicly since 1989."

Lt. Governor Lee Fisher on the other hand stated, "I don't know whether civil unions will be sufficient or not, and those discussions [with HRC] will help me to understand."

Kudos to Eric Resnick for starting this conversation now, I am hopeful that all of us in the LGBT media will do so. We need to be in front of the candidates with our issues early and getting the answers we deserve.

Let's make sure we are asking about marriage, about an inclusive ENDA and Hate Crimes bill and about passing legislation that prevents bi-national families from being torn apart.

Then, we need to follow up:

To thank Secretary of State Brunner for her support on marriage or ask any other questions, head here: Brunner for Senate

To help educate Lt. Governor Fisher on why civil unions don't go far enough and find out about his positions on other issues, head here: Fisher for Ohio

Cross posted from Bears Left.

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It sounds like both of them would be a good choice, actually. Thanks for the heads up, Bo. I have a lot of family in Ohio & I've passed this post on to them.