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Marriage Equality Monday: August Sixth Hearings for Cases in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Gay WeddingThe Sixth circuit is getting set for a Marriage Equality Monday – with hearings on marriage equality cases from four states.

The Washington Blade reports:

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has set August 6 as the single day to hear arguments in the five marriage equality cases pending before the court, setting up a historic day for each of the four states in the circuit. In four separate notices on Monday, the Sixth Circuit, which is located in Cincinnati, announced that arguments for the cases in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee will take place on August 6 at 1 pm. James Esseks, director of the American Civil Liberties Union LGBT project, said his organization welcomes the developments for each of the cases.

Amazing – more and more of these cases are moving up to the appellate courts – which will be the next to issue a ruling?

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Saturday, June 7th, 2014

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Ohio Marriage Equality Poll Shows 50% Support

Friday, May 16th, 2014

titleThere’s a new Ohio marriage equality poll out from Quinnipac University.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

The poll released Friday by Quinnipiac University in Connecticut found Ohio voters support allowing same-sex couples to wed by a 50 percent to 43 percent margin. A Quinnipiac poll in February showed nearly the same margins. The poll also found that women, young people and Democrats all support gay marriage in higher numbers than men, older Ohioans and Republicans.

Will marriage equality come to Ohio via popular vote or the courts? What do you think?

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USA, Ohio: New Marriage Equality Lawsuit Filed

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

OhioAnother lawsuit is planned to push for marriage equality in Ohio.

Edge Boston reports:

Civil rights attorneys filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to strike down Ohio’s gay marriage ban and to allow same-sex couples to marry in the state. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Cincinnati on behalf of six gay Ohio couples who say they are in love and want to get married. “They have an urgent need to affirm their commitment to one another before their children, their family, their friends and their community,” the lawsuit said. “For plaintiffs, marriage is a deeply held value. They want to be married in Ohio, their home state.”… Wednesday’s lawsuit was filed by the same law firm that filed a February suit that led a federal judge to order Ohio to recognize out-of-state same sex marriages.

Ohio has so far been temporarily forced to recognize the marriages of couples who were legally wed out of state, but the new suit would target the ban itself.

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USA, Ohio: Judge Stays Most of Marriage Equality Ruling

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

OhioA federal judge stayed most of his monday ruling that had told the state to recognize out of state same sex weddings.

Edge Boston reports:

Ohio officials must immediately recognize the same-sex marriages of four couples who sued over the state’s gay marriage ban, a federal judge said Wednesday, while staying the broader effects of his ruling to avoid “premature celebration and confusion” in case it’s overturned on appeal. Judge Timothy Black stayed his ruling ordering Ohio to recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in other states pending appeal in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The appeals process likely will take months. Had Black not issued the stay, all married gay couples living in Ohio would have been able to immediately begin obtaining the same benefits as any other married couple in the state, including property rights and the right to make some medical decisions for each other.

Wouldn’t it have been easier for the state to recognize everyone at the same time instead, rather than only recognizing four couples now, and everyone else later?

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USA, Ohio: AG Mike DeWine Approves Language for Ballot Repeal of Marriage Equality Ban

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWineIn our second big story out of Ohio for the day, the state’s Attorney General has approved the language for a ballot initiative to repeal the state’s ban on marriage equality.

Towleroad.com reports:

The language for a proposed ballot initiative aimed at overturning Ohio’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage has been approved by the state’s Attorney General Mike DeWine. The AP reports: The amendment language approved by DeWine Monday would also keep clergy from being forced to perform a same-sex marriage. The language goes next to the state ballot board for review. The group FreedomOhio is seeking to repeal and replace Ohio’s 2004 prohibition on gay marriage.

The measure could reach the ballot as early as this November.

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USA, Ohio: Judge Says State Must Recognize Same Sex Marriages Weddings Performed Elsewhere

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

OhioOhio took a step closer to full marriage equality yesterday, when a Judge told the state it must recognize the marriages of same sex couples who wed in other states.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Judge Timothy Black ruled that refusing to recognize lawfully performed same-sex marriages is a violation of constitutional rights and “unenforceable in all circumstances. The record before this court … is staggeringly devoid of any legitimate justification for the state’s ongoing arbitrary discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation,” Black wrote. he state plans to appeal Black’s ruling, arguing that Ohio has a sovereign right to ban gay marriage, which voters did overwhelmingly in 2004.

While the ruling leaves intact the ban on same sex weddings within the state, for now, it seems likely that too, would be struck down under the logic the judge used, if it were challenged directly.

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USA, Ohio: Marriage Equality Rally in Cincinnati on Saturday

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Last week, Federal Judge Timothy Black announced that he would issue a ruling that Ohio’s 2004 Marriage Ban violated the 14th Amendment. Judge Black’s forthcoming ruling is a huge step forward and will add greater momentum to our ongoing fight for equality here at home.

As you may have heard, Attorney General Mike DeWine has indicated that he will appeal Judge Black’s ruling. Supporters of the appeal include Gay RightsRep. John Becker, who repeatedly calls for the impeachment of Judge Black, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. To counter these anti-equality voices, FreedomOhio and Support Marriage Equality Ohio will join with other LGBT groups to rally this Saturday in support of Judge Black and his upcoming ruling.

Join us for a rally in downtown Cincinnati for Marriage Equality
When: Saturday, April 12, 11am to 2pm
Where: Downtown Cincinnati at 100 East 5th Street

Bring your family and friends and spread the word! Let’s show everyone that Ohio is all about love and equality!

RSVP ON Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1438161453095596/

Many thanks and I look forward to seeing you there!

Adam Hoover
Support Marriage Equality in Ohio

USA, Ohio: Ballot Initiative Put on Hold; Gubernatorial Candidate Supports Ruling

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

A couple new stories coming out of Ohio on marriage equality. First off, FreedomOhio is putting its referendum on overturning the state’s ban on hold pending the upcoming ruling.

On Top Magazine reports:

FreedomOhio, the group working on a ballot initiative to repeal Ohio’s ban on gay marriage, announced Friday that it is placing its initiative on hold. FreedomOhio will “hold its original petition for marriage equality in a state of readiness for filing, while collecting signatures on a new petition with revised language,” the group said in a statement. Explaining that it wanted to “ensure that the right language is placed on the ballot at the right time,” the group said it will “continue to work with in-state LGBT groups and allies.”

The group subsequently announced plans to work on an initiative for the Equal Housing and Employment Act.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Ian James, executive director of FreedomOhio, says the organization plans to begin circulating a petition for the Equal Housing and Employment Act. The initiated statute effort takes time and multiple steps, starting with the group needing to collect roughly 116,000 valid signatures to get the idea before state lawmakers. The General Assembly then would have four months to act on the proposed law. Depending on that outcome, another petition could be circulated to get the proposal before voters.

Ohio Gubernatorial Candidate Ed FitzgeraldFinally, Ohio gubernatorial hopeful Ed Fitzgerald (D, Cuyahoga County) announced his support for the pending ruling.

On Top Magazine reports:

Cuyahoga County Executive and Ohio gubernatorial hopeful Ed Fitzgerald on Friday applauded a federal judge’s preliminary ruling ordering Ohio to recognize the out-of-state marriages of gay and lesbian couples… “As governor, I will support marriage equality and work to move Ohio forward for all its residents,” Fitzgerald, a Democrat, said in a statement. “Who you love and commit yourself to should not be prohibited by governments.”

Ohio’s current Republican Governor John Kasich opposes marriage equality.

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USA, Ohio: Federal Judge to Strike Down Marriage Equality Ban

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Judge Timothy S. BlackA federal judge has indicated he will strike down Ohio’s gay marriage ban in ten days.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports:

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black informed lawyers of his intentions at a hearing, which set off a joyous celebration in the courtroom among four same-sex couples and their supporters, said attorney Al Gerhardstein… Black’s statement read: “I intend to issue a written decision and order by April 14 striking down as unconstitutional under all circumstances Ohio’s bans on recognizing legal same-sex marriages from other states.” The announcement came at a hearing on a case brought by three lesbian couples and one married gay couple from New York who adopted a baby born in Ohio. The couples are suing for an order requiring Ohio to place the names of both parents on the birth certificates of their newborns.

The state has already announced its intention to appeal. The remaining question – will there be a stay? I’ve never seen a judge pre-announce a ruling like this before – anyone else think it’s a little unusual?

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