Josh Mandel on Gay Marriage
Student Body Statement
In April of 2000, Ohio State University student body was attempting to change rules to allow students at the University to purchase insurance for themselves and their same-sex partners provided that they were in a committed, monogamous relationship and responsible for each other's welfare. As student body President, Joshua Mandel supported the measure and stated that that University had a responsibility to provide it to the students.
The Undergraduate Student Government representatives have been and will continue to advocate for domestic partner benefits in public and private settings. Students want it, students deserve it, and the university has a responsibility to provide it.
In 2009, State Legislator Mandel opposed Ohio HB 176, which was a bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Reversal of Position
Politifact has stated that the Mandel campaign has issued a statement claiming that Joshua Mandel has reversed his position from that in college. The statement was said to be issued by Anthony Conchel, Mandel's campaign manager.
Josh has always opposed discrimination against any American citizen and has also always believed that marriage is between one man and one woman. He also feels he was wrong in college about domestic partner benefits and feels strongly that they should never be funded with taxpayer dollars.