Marriage Equality Advocate Told Not To Speak at Graduation

Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady was told his invitation to speak at his alma mater, a local Catholic high school, was rescinded because of his marriage equality activism.

BY Michelle Garcia

June 08 2013 12:36 PM ET

Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady
A politician in Ohio was asked not to address the graduating class of a Catholic high school because of his support for marriage equality. 
 
Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady graduated from Columbus, Ohio's Bishop Ready High School on the Hilltop in 1982. The principal asked O'Grady to give the speech two months ago, but days before the ceremony, O'Grady was told he was no longer needed. O'Grady said it was because Columbus Bishop Frederick Campbell discovered that O'Grady is the co-chairman of Ohio's initiative for Freedom to Marry. 
 
"I am sad that I wasn't able to give a commencement speech at my alma mater," he said to the Columbus Dispatch. "I was very much looking forward to it." 
 
The school is located in the same diocese where a lesbian physical education teacher was fired after her partner was identified in a newspaper obituary. 

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