Gay teen athlete looking to unseat anti-gay Ohio legislator this fall

Gay teen athlete looking to unseat anti-gay Ohio legislator this fall

Baldwin For Us Garrett Baldwin might be just 18 years old, but he is aiming to take down an anti-gay Republican cornerstone of the Ohio House of Representatives. The teenage high school athlete has been upset by actions and statements of Nino Vitale, the current representative of the 85th district, including his sponsorship of a bill designed to undermine marriage equality. Now Baldwin is throwing his hat into the ring, running as a Democrat to unseat someone he says isn’t just homophobic , but is an entrenched member of a state government that needs change. It won’t be easy. Not only is Baldwin a newcomer, but the district voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential election. A Democrat hasn’t run against Vitale for years. Baldwin told Outsports that the overwhelming support for President Trump in the area wasn’t about the “R” next to his name, but something else. “Around here a lot of people that voted for Trump are fed up with the system,” Baldwin told Ousports. “We have an entrenched Republican representative, and that’s what people are fed up with.” In addition to being a teenager, Baldwin being gay certainly sets him apart in the area. “When they hear I’m a gay candidate I don’t get a lot of feedback on that because it’s not important. They want to know what I stand for and how I’m going to move the district in the direction way they want it to go.” Baldwin said his sexual orientation […]

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