Remember Mike Moroski? He’s the former dean of student life at Purcell Marian Catholic high school who was terminated by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for his vocal support for same sex marriage. As he was terminated, Moroski conveniently, and almost certainly contrivedly, announced his intention to run for city council. (If you live in the city, it’s been tough to forget him. His family-financed campaign signs are plentiful, and he shows up at every parish festival or public event possible.) The Enquirer is interviewing candidates about their views, and Moroski is the subject of their latest Q&A profile. Right after he asserts that streetcars are “proven economic boosters” (to choo-choo companies perhaps), he doubles down on his marriage position:
Do you support or oppose Cincinnati’s streetcar and why?
I have not wavered in my support since the streetcar was first mentioned as a viable option to grow our city’s income tax base. Cincinnati needs to grow itself out of its deficit, not cut itself down. Streetcars are proven economic boosters, and more millennials want to live in cities in which they do not have to have a car.
Would you support efforts to repeal Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage?
Not only would I support them, I would help to lead them. Marriage equality is not only a moral issue to me, it is also an economic one. Just look to New York – the state actualized $259 million in revenue in the first year that same-sex marriage was legalized. More than 200,000 people traveled to New York for same-sex wedding receptions, etc. The economic benefits would be felt (here) almost immediately. But, as I said, this is also a moral issue for me. I was terminated by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in February after 12 years of working for them because I publicly supported marriage equality. Why did I not back down? Because everyone deserves the same rights as my wife and me.
Naturally, he received his bachelors and masters degrees from Xavier University. That a man so strident in his dissent could have come to be employed by an archdiocesan institution is alarming.