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Cincinnati Post: Article 12 and Chris Finney

Cincinnati Post: Article 12 and Chris Finney

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Chris Finney defends anti-gay law.
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Witness: Issue 3 was voters' right - City opens defense in gay-rights trial
The Cincinnati Post
- Thursday, June 23, 1994
Sharon Moloney, Post staff reporter
Cincinnati voters have the right to prohibit city council from passing gay rights protection legislation, says an expert inpolitical philosophy.Hadley Arkes, professor of law at Amherst College, testified Wednesday in U.S. District Court that ultimate politicalpower resides with the people."Just as the Constitution is superior to the legislature, so the people are superior to the Constitution," Arkes
"The source of authority lies in the people themselves." Cincinnati's constitution is its city charter.Arkes was the first witness as the city and Equal Rights Not Special Rights opened the defense case in the Issue 3trial before U.S. District Judge S. Arthur Spiegel.The civil-rights lawsuit stems from the passage last year of Issue 3, a charter amendment that repealed the gay-rightssection of the city's human-rights ordinance. Issue 3 also prohibited City Council, city boards and commissions fromenacting or considering gay-rights legislation in the future.Spiegel must decide whether that disenfranchises gays, removes them from the political process and violates theirconstitutional rights. The case has drawn national attention.Spiegel granted a temporary injunction against enforcing the law pending this week's
as requested by EqualityFoundation of Cincinnati, the gay-rights organization that filed the lawsuit. Spiegel has allowed broad opinion andtestimony in the
saying he wanted the most evidence possible because the case would likely be reviewed by theU.S. Supreme Court.In other testimony, Chris Finney, a Greater Cincinnati attorney who wrote the language of Issue 3, said its main intentwas "to take away from council the right to pass this (gay rights) kind of legislation and return the right to thepeople."s. He said landlords and employers have the right not to rent to gays or employ gays if they object to theirlifestyles."How does the sexual behavior affect whether or not a gay can eat in your restaurant or hold a job in your company?"asked Scott Greenwood, an attorney for Equality Foundation. Said Finney: "Because there may be some who don'twant their family dining next to a homosexual couple whose actions they find offensive."Finney said he was stirred to take up the Issue 3 cause because he "watched this council deteriorate to a liberal bodyout of touch with the people," and didn't like the human-rights ordinance.
Record Number:
CNP062300028300232Copyright 1994 The Cincinnati Post
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Family PAC is stressing moral issues
The Cincinnati Post
- Tuesday, October 14, 1997A new political action committee, Family First, is taking steps to make its weight felt in the Cincinnati City Councilrace and the race for Cincinnati Board of Education.The committee, whose chairman is attorney David R. Langdon, stresses views on abortion and homosexuality asthe ultimate litmus test among the primarily social issues which it advocates.The committee sent questionnaires to all council and school board candidates last month.Langdon said candidates who expect to get financial support from Family First must answer the first six questionson the questionnaire in the affirmative. All six involve opposition to abortion and homosexual issues."We are doctrinaire on these first six questions," Langdon
"Our bylaws state we cannot support any candidate who does not answer yes to these questions." Family First filedpapers with the Hamilton County Board of Elections to register as an official PAC in September. The group alreadyhas given some money to candidates. It gave $5,000 to Marie Irish Keaney, candidate for the Cincinnati Board ofEducation, and $1,000 to Republican City Council candidate Rosemary Meyer.Langdon said the organization also gave small amounts to two Lakota School Board candidates.He said the group has about $15,000 on hand and is still fund-raising. Langdon, an attorney in practice with ChrisFinney, president of the Conservative Forum, said the group has no members as such, simply a 13-member boardof directors.Langdon said it is "easier to get things done" with a smaller group.Family First raises money from a variety of people interested in their social issue agenda. "We are different fromother groups because we are focused primarily on social issues," Langdon
"Some people consider these religious issues. But our PAC considers them to be extremely important to thepolitical process, to be moral issues that can't be left out of the political process." In addition to abortion andhomosexuality, the Family First questionnaire asks candidates their views on school choice and vouchers, sexuallyoriented businesses, the city's abortion "gag" ordinance, more police for Cincinnati and managed competition.Family First differs from the Conservative Forum in that the Forum assists generally "conservative" candidates butdoesn't make moral issues a test, Langdon, a Forum member,
Both similarly oriented Citizens for CommunityValues and Right to Life are educational groups which do not directly finance and support political candidates, asFamily First
A number of Family First board members also are members of the Conservative Forum, and Langdon himself iscounsel to CCV.Finney said he is only "peripherally involved" with the new organization.The group is not related to the Hamilton County Family and Children First Council, a group that coordinatesservices among the local agencies that work with at-risk children.According to their questionnaire, the group is "committed to the election of pro-family leaders in Greater Cincinnati."Text of fax box follows: Litmus test Family First directors quiz candidates on whether they: Support legislation tooutlaw abortion. Support judges who would overturn the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade abortion rights ruling.Oppose public funding for abortion services. Oppose abortion providers and those who refer patients to abortion
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providers. Oppose legislation to provide protections in the workplace and other areas for homosexuals. Opposegovernment initiatives to provide "shack-up insurance" to partners of gays. Oppose government recognition ofhomosexual or lesbian marriages.
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CNP101400282790031Copyright 1997 The Cincinnati Post
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