Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady
Marriage Equality Advocate Told Not To Speak at Graduation

By Michelle Garcia

Originally published on June 08 2013 1:36 PM ET

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.