Mike DeWine (R)
Candidate for Governor
Mr. DeWine completed a questionnaire from the Columbus Dispatch released in January of 2018 in which he indicated that he (1) opposes same-sex marriage, (2) opposes the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in Ohio’s nondiscrimination laws, and (3) does not think that transgender or gender fluid students should be allowed to use the restroom matching their gender identity or expression. In an April 2018 Cleveland.com endorsement editorial, DeWine said he would continue Governor Kasich’s executive order banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in state employment, but that he would not expand it to include gender identity or expression. In 2003, Mr. DeWine voted in favor of legislation defining marriage as between “one man and one woman." As Attorney General, he opposed marriage equality by actively defending Ohio’s same-sex marriage ban in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that ultimately made marriage equality the law of the land in Ohio and the country. During Mr. DeWine’s tenure in the United States Senate, he earned scores of 14% (107th Congress), 25% (108th Congress), and 11% (109th Congress) in the Human Rights Campaign’s biannual scorecard.