Aaron Baer

Aaron Baer, president of Ohio’s Citizens for Community Values, thinks that his anti-LGBTQ bigotry should be official state policy.

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On Wednesday, Republican Governor John Kasich of Ohio signed Executive Order 2018-12K. The order prohibits employment discrimination is state government. What upsets the conservative Christians is the inclusion of “gender identity or expression” as a protected class. They are just fine with protections based on religion but feel that government employees should be able to discriminate against people they disapprove of.

Citizens for Community Values issues a statement:

Statement on Governor Kasich’s Vague and Unnecessary Executive Order

Citizens for Community Values President Aaron Baer responds to Governor Kasich’s executive order on gender identity.


Governor John Kasich’s latest Executive Order is as vague as it is unnecessary. Unless his administration was rampantly firing individuals with gender dysphoria, the only purpose of his latest executive action is to score political points on the way out the door. There is no evidence that this kind of discrimination is happening in state government today.

The verbiage is idiotic and Mr. Baer has just confirmed the need for such protections. Furthermore, the statement is disingenuous in specifying gender dysphoria. The truth is that they disapprove of transgender people. Instead of gender affirmation, people are obliged to suffer; I suppose. They never indicate a viable alternative. They do not understand because they do not care. Their book is all that matters.

Why would the state government not hire the best available people to do a job regardless of their sexuality? When did sexual orientation or gender identity become factors relating to job performance? I do not think (although I could be wrong) that transgender people have a contagious condition.

As for the lack of evidence, that is equally stupid because Baer challenges us to prove a negative. Can he cite the existence of any transgender people currently employed by the state?

What is most spectacularly stupid about this is that his arguments could be used for any protected class. Is there evidence of workplace discrimination against Christians? No? Then we don’t need that either. Baer fails to explain what harm is done by this executive order. “It is unnecessary” is not a valid argument because, if it is unnecessary, then it will not be applied. Thus it will have no negative consequences.

Their statement is just a reminder that the bigotry of some conservative Christians extends to every aspect of our lives. They are compelled to express their disapproval based on ancient texts. In this case, that extends to discriminating with taxpayer funds. Funds provided by all taxpayers including those who are LGBTQ.

As for Mr. Baer, he chooses to be a literalistic Christian devoid of critical thinking. In contrast there are no volunteers in the transgender orbit.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.