Mary Taylor on Civil Rights
"Mary Taylor and Nathan Estruth are absolutely committed to creating a firewall in the state of Ohio for parents to raise their kids with the values and education that they choose," said Estruth, Taylor's running mate.
The emotional legal dispute caught fire Feb. 16 when a Juvenile Court judge granted legal custody to the 17-year-old's grandparents, who support the gender change and will initiate hormone therapy at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, which had diagnosed the teen with "gender dysphoria."
State Rep. Tom Brinkman said he will soon introduce legislation to assert parental rights. He spoke at the same press event, which featured signs reading "Hands off our kids," and "Parents have rights too."
"Nathan is a smart, savvy and accomplished leader," Blackwell told The Enquirer. "Choosing him is a game changer in the GOP primary." The official announcement came at City Gospel Mission in Cincinnati, where Estruth is a donor.
In 2006, Estruth led a group called Common Sense Ohio, which used telemarking to poll voters about conservative issues. In Montana, the automated poll asked voters whether they support judges that "push homosexual marriage and create new rights like abortion and sodomy," according to a New York Times report.
Estruth also served on the board of directors of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center called an anti-LGBT hate group.