Prizm News / October 12, 2018 / By Bob Vitale
In addition to his anti-LGBTQ views, Rep. Nino Vitale’s Facebook page includes many photos of him firing guns, protesting women’s rights and praying. (Photo via Facebook)

Rep. Nino Vitale, whose opponent is openly gay, ridiculed trans women and denounced LGBTQ equality in his social-media tirade.


By Bob Vitale

The anti-LGBTQ Ohio lawmaker who’s being challenged for re-election by an openly gay high school senior unleashed an anti-gay, anti-transgender social media tirade this week that’s being denounced as hateful, bigoted, shameful and disgusting.

State Rep. Nino Vitale, apparently set off by an “F” rating he received from Equality Ohio in a new scorecard of Ohio General Assembly members, posted an 820-word screed in which he decried acceptance of queer people, described a nonexistent world in which 8-year-olds are taught how to put on condoms, and ridiculed transgender women.

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Here are some of the lowlights of the commentary, part of a seven-part Facebook post from Vitale titled “My Concerns With the Democrat [sic] Party.” Other parts addressed guns (and included a photo of Vitale smiling as he fires handgun), women’s rights, immigration, dissent, Hillary Clinton and what he called “the Kavanaugh Circus.”

(See his entire post at the end of this story.)

• “Here is a basic observation that nature can teach us. If we put all homosexual men on one island, all homosexual women on another, and all heterosexuals on a 3rd island and came back in 100 years, what would you find? Death, death and life. Human civilization cannot survive based on homosexual principles.”

• “The Democrat party advocates for men who claim to be woman, going into the bathroom with little girls. They advocate for the alleged changing of sexes where a man can become a woman and a woman can become a man and call that normal.”

• “Nature has decided that we are male or female. Yet Democrats want to expose very confused people to young girls in bathrooms, (Target), and push for these values to be taught in our schools.”

• “The liberal Democrats have pushed this hyper-sexualized culture so much that it is now commonplace to have children as young as 8, being taught how to put a condom on a banana in public schools.”

Vitale also dismissed concerns about rape culture while simultaneously blaming rape culture on the Democrats:

“We complain that we don’t like the rape culture, the abuse culture, but we don’t want to see that there is primarily one party promoting the, ‘do what you want with no control over yourself, anything goes culture,'” he wrote.

Commenters on his Facebook page called his statement “ill-informed,” “hateful,” “bigoted” and “hypocritical.”

Garrett Baldwin, an openly gay high schools senior who is challenging Vitale this fall, called his rhetoric “disgusting.”

Vitale’s opponent, Democrat Garrett Baldwin, called the second-term lawmaker’s remarks “disgusting.” Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper called them “shameful.

“Ohioans on the whole are moderate and welcoming people, and this type of nasty divisiveness from Nino Vitale isn’t who we are as a state,” Pepper said in an email to Prizm. “Furthermore, having politicians who espouse these shameful views—and leaders like Mike DeWine, who doesn’t rant on Facebook but still agrees with Vitale on his anti-LGBT policies—holds us back as a state. Ohio Democrats are running to stand up for all Ohioans and protect individuals from discrimination no matter who they love. When we say we want to put people first, that means ALL people, not just those whose families look like Nino Vitale’s.”

Baldwin, an 18-year-old openly gay senior at Mechanicsburg High School in Champaign County, said he’s appalled by his opponent’s words.

“This rhetoric is absolutely disgusting. I am appalled,” he wrote. “Nino Vitale’s views are dangerous and stereotypical. Democrats simply have different visions than Republicans. We are all good people.”

The A student, National Honor Society president, former class president and recent enlistee in the Ohio Army National Guard also addressed Vitale’s condom comment head-on:

“To entertain the apparent lack of knowledge, appropriate condom practices have NEVER been taught to the eight year olds in any of my public schools,” Baldwin wrote on Facebook.

My Concerns about the Democrat Party. Part 4 – Denial of Nature, Vitale Receives an F In my continuing series on what'…

Posted by Representative Nino Vitale on Tuesday, October 9, 2018


Editor’s Note: In case you hadn’t noticed, Rep. Nino Vitale and I share a last name. Vitale and I are not related, and it embarrasses me every time I see the name I received from my loving, open-hearted, open-minded parents attached to ugly, hateful comments from him. Here is my response to his Facebook post:


Bob Vitale
A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, Bob has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, as a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.