I've been nice to Greg Korte the last few days because he has been doing a relatively good job. Today is different. Just by reading the headline "Gay rights issue signs targeting blacks ruled OK" I should have known there would be problems with this story.
I don't know how many times I have to point this out, Greg Korte continues to publish stories using the wrong name of the campaign committee urging a NO vote on Issue 3. The group headed by Councilman Sam Malone is called "Equal Rights NO Special Rights" not "Equal Rights NOT Special Rights". How is it that neither Korte nor his editors caught this mistake? What's the difference? Well, for one thing it makes it hard to find the campaign's website when you use the wrong name. [The website is http://www.equalrightsNOspecialrights.org.]
The signs don't target Blacks or ask African American voters to "save civil rights and marriage", the signs ask voters of every race to "save civil rights and marriage". Is Korte suggesting white voters don't care about saving civil rights or marriage (whatever that means)?
While Korte is correct that "Article XII overturned a 1992 gay rights ordinance", I'm not so sure it prohibits City Council from legislating in the area of gay rights. What about City Council's inclusion of gays and lesbians in the City's hate crime ordinance? The truth is Article XII forbids the City from providing minority or protected status, quota preference, or other preferential treatment to persons because of homosexual, lesbian or bisexual orientation.
None of this changes the fact that taxpayer-funded author Deborah Calardo-Arapa's complaint was dismissed as the Ohio Elections Commission found the slogan "save civil rights and marriage" was a Constitutionally protected opinion.