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CLEVELAND, Ohio— A radio host is facing disciplinary action for making an anti-gay comment that sparked national outrage. WMMS host Dominic Dieter has issued an apology after making a controversial comment during the airing of “Rover’s Morning Glory” on 100.7 FM.
According to the Advocate.com, during last Friday’s radio show, Dieter allegedly responded on-air to a father who saw his daughter kissing a another girl in a matter that was highly offensive to the gay community.
After the comment circulated online, a national gay and lesbian organization called “GLAAD” reached out to station management and asked for Dieter to be suspended.
NEWS FROM LOCAL LGBT ORGANIZATIONS
Reporter Debora Lee
News Net 5
CLEVELAND - President Barack Obama's support for same-sex marriage is drawing mixed reaction from across northeast Ohio.
"I'm excited, just feeling proud to be an American," said Phyllis Harris, executive director of the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland.
The President told ABC News on Wednesday that his decision to support same-sex marriage comes after several years of talking with family and friends about the issue.
The Ohio Christian Alliance, which supports a Federal Marriage Amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman issued a statement which said, in part:
"The list of states continues to grow, as yesterday, North Carolina became the 32nd state to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman. The President has provided a clear contrast between him and his challenger, Gov. Mitt Romney, who has signed a pledge to support a marriage protection amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Gay rights supporters, however, are applauding the President for being the first president to take this stand.
"I think if you poll people quietly they would say, 'Yeah I'm in favor of it," Harris said. "But those same people don't speak out about it and so this is an opportunity to hear from the mouth of a world leader that I'm for it and so it's a big deal."
Harris is a co-parent of two children with her former partner, Kristen Schmidt, who said she was "happily surprised" by the President's declaration of support. "I don't think it's just about LGBT people,"Schmidt said, "but kind of like him saying all people should be able to move through their lives in a way where they can make decisions for themselves and be their full selves and have rights. It's about human rights."
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