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Anti-Gay Ohio Groups Now Targeting Straights

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

July 27, 2006 - 9:00 pm ET

(Columbus, Ohio) A conservative Christian group at the forefront of the push for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in Ohio is now zeroing in on gay singles and heterosexuals.

Citizens for Community Values wants legislation to limit the operating hours of adult bookstores and strip clubs. The group has submitted a ballot question to the state. If the wording is approved it could begin collecting signatures to have the issue placed before votes in November.

Under the proposal "adult entertainment" facilities would have to close from midnight to 6 am. Nude dancing within six feet of customers would be a criminal offense.

The group had pressed to have the restrictions incorporated into a bill that gives townships more leeway in regulating adult businesses but was struck from the final version of the legislation because it did not provide penalties.

Citizens for Community Values president Phil Burress predicted he would have little trouble collecting enough signatures.

The group orchestrated the 2004 amendment that was passed by a wide margin despite warnings from LGBT leaders that it was so broad it would be abused and a prediction that conservatives would use the marriage ban as a springboard for other social issues.

A case brought by a Republican lawmaker to remove partner benefits at Miami University is already before the courts in Ohio. Rep. Tom Brinkman (R-Cincinnati) claims that the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage nullifies such benefits from publicly funded institutions.

The amendment also has been used to try to block gays from visitation rights to their children and by unmarried heterosexuals trying to avoid charges of domestic violence.

©365Gay.com 2006

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