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LGBT Activists, Allies and Families Celebrate Victory

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea LGBT Activists, Allies and Families Celebrate Victory

Just after 10 a.m. Friday morning, the announcement went out to the entire nation; the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage for every state in the Union. It wasn’t surprising then that the Union Café was where gay men and women and their straight allies, young and old, gathered to celebrate the decision. The crowd […]

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Marriage Equality Comes to Ohio

Walker Evans Walker Evans Marriage Equality Comes to Ohio

The US Supreme Court reached the long-awaited verdict today that removes all state bans of same-sex marriage, which includes the ban that the State of Ohio enacted in 2004. The decision was reached in a 5-4 verdict. “Today the Supreme Court affirmed what we have always known: we are equal,” said Equality Ohio executive director Elyzabeth […]

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Swing Easy: Everybody Loves Kasich

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Swing Easy: Everybody Loves Kasich

“Swing Easy” is Columbus Underground’s ongoing series about the 2016 senate and presidential elections as experienced by America’s most important swing state. If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say Former Florida Governor and expected presidential candidate Jeb Bush was in Columbus last Tuesday, where he told what might be the first big lie of […]

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Swing Easy: Ohio’s Role in 2016

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Swing Easy: Ohio’s Role in 2016

Welcome to the first installment of Swing Easy, Columbus Underground’s ongoing series about the 2016 senate and presidential elections as experienced by America’s most important swing state. As electioneering heats up in the Buckeye State, we’ll bring you all the details and oddities of an Ohio campaign, starting with a ninja candidate, a forgotten senator […]

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Cotton Letter Arms Ohio Democrats Against Portman

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Cotton Letter Arms Ohio Democrats Against Portman

As expected, Ohio Democrats are charging full speed at Senator Rob Portman, armed with Portman’s signature on a letter to the leaders of Iran, advising them against agreeing to the nuclear deal being negotiated by the Obama administration. The letter, written by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton and signed by 47 Republican senators including Portman, has […]

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Sen. Portman Signed the Cotton Letter But Is Probably Not A Traitor

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Sen. Portman Signed the Cotton Letter But Is Probably Not A Traitor

Ohio Senator Rob Portman was among 47 Republican senators who signed an open letter to the leaders of Iran advising against the nuclear agreement proposed by the Obama Administration. Tom Cotton, junior senator from Arkansas who has held office for little more than two months, composed the letter, which is being called an unprecedented legislative […]

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Philadelphia Lands 2016 Democratic National Convention

Walker Evans Walker Evans Philadelphia Lands 2016 Democratic National Convention

The sun has officially set on Columbus’ hopes to host the Democratic National Convention, as the party officially announced this morning that Philadelphia has been chosen as the host city. “In addition to their commitment to a seamless and safe convention, Philadelphia’s deep rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special […]

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