Strickland stood with LGBTQ leaders to speak out in support of gay rights before marching in 35th Annual Columbus Stonewall Pride Parade
COLUMBUS, OH — Today Ted Strickland joined Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio President Brian Endicott to speak out in support of gay rights before marching in the Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade. Strickland discussed his support for Ohio’s LGBTQ community and the significance of the Pride celebrations in light of the Orlando tragedy.
“I’m proud to stand with Ohio’s LGBTQ community, now more than ever,” said Ted Strickland. “Today is a celebration, but also a moment to reflect on the tragedy we witnessed last weekend, and a day to redouble our efforts in the fight to ensure full freedom and equality for every American. As soon as Monday, there may be a vote in the U.S. Senate to attempt to ban suspected terrorists from buying weapons and guns like the ones used in Orlando – I believe there can and should be no reasonable disagreement about passing this proposal. Ohio deserves leaders who will be forceful and clear in their support of this commonsense solution to make Americans safer -- -- our brothers and sisters who were taken from us in Orlando deserve nothing less.”
Strickland has been endorsed by Ohio native Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage. His Medium Post on banning suspected terrorists from buying weapons is available here.