Ohio gubernatorial candidate Ed
FitzGerald has endorsed gay marriage.
FitzGerald, the only Democrat
challenging Republican Governor John Kasich in 2014, told gay weekly
Columbus that the favors marriage equality and a statewide
effort to ban LGBT discrimination.
“I believe in full equality for all
Ohioans, and that includes the LGBT community, and that includes
issues not just related to marriage but also employment and housing,”
The 44-year-old FitzGerald currently
serves as executive of Cuyahoga County, which includes greater
Cleveland. He's a former FBI agent and served one term as mayor of
Lakewood, a gay-friendly suburb of Cleveland.
After Ohio Senator Rob Portman, a
Republican, announced his support for marriage equality in March,
Kasich surprised many with what appeared to be an endorsement for
“If people want to have civil unions
and have some way to transfer their resources, I'm for that,”
Kasich told ABC affiliate WCPO. “I don't support gay marriage.”
“I just think marriage is between a
man and a woman, but if you want to have a civil union that's fine
The following day, however, a spokesman
said Kasich was only using term “civil union” loosely.
“[H]e recognizes the existing rights
of Ohioans to enter into private contracts to manage their personal
property and health care issues,” spokesman Rob Nichols said.
Responding to the incident, FitzGerald
said, “Maybe part of his brain told him it was the right thing to
do and the other part told him, 'You have a right wing in your party
that you can't defy.'”