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Cincinnati homobigots caught perpetrating petition fraud

Busted in Ohio. Some not-so-smart anti-gay peeps from an outfit called Equal Rights Not Special Rights have pleaded guilty to falsifying petition signatures in an attempt to repeal an anti-discrimination measure on the books that protects gays. A state rep is caught up in the mess as well.

A Republican lawmaker behind an unsuccessful bid to repeal Cincinnati’s ordinance protecting gays from discrimination has been accused of knowing names to get the issue onto the ballot in 2006 were fraudulent.

…State Rep. Tom Brinkman, who was the head of the organization was never charged, but at a hearing the judge in the case suggested he was involved and knew that Lois Mingo, 48, and Precilla Ward, 32, had falsified the petitions by crossing out names and addresses of signers and replacing them with addresses of registered voters in order to make them appear valid.

“It’s terrible,” said Judge Robert Ruehlman from the bench. “It takes away the right to democracy. It takes away the right for people to decide issues when you cheat like that.”

Brinkman denies any wrongdoing. “I personally did not touch a single address or date or signature or name or anything,” he told the Associated Press.

Laughably, the idiots included obviously fraudulent names on the petition, including  “Fidel Castro” and the owner of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, “Bob Castellini.”

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