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Glenn Hartong, The Cincinnati Enquirer (AP)In this July 11, 2013 file photo, Jim Obergefell, left and John Arthur, right, are married by officiant Paulette Roberts, in a plane on the tarmac at Baltimore/Washington International Airport in Glen Burnie, Md. Federal Judge Timothy Black on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, questioned the constitutionality of Ohio's ban on gay marriage and whether state officials have the authority to refuse to recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in other states. Black earlier ruled in favor of the couple in a lawsuit seeking to recognize the couples' marriage on Arthur’s death certificate before he died in October from ALS.

A perfect day, one year ago: The wedding that could topple Ohio’s gay marriage ban

Friday, July 11, 2014
“We were together 20 years and 10 months,” Jim Obergefell says, sitting at the dining table of the couple’s condo in Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine neighborhood. Obergefell just tried watching the video of their July 2013 wedding, but he couldn’t get past John’s first words to the camera. It’s too soon after his husband’s passing, from ALS, last October. And John Arthur, at age 48, passed too soon. [ Read more → ]
Have-a-gay-day-cropped

It’s not all unicorns and rainbows at ‘Have a Gay Day’

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Michael Knote wants you to have a grand ol’ gay day. And he’s posting plenty of content on his Facebook page to make sure you do. It all started in 2011 with the death of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, a high school freshman in Buffalo who committed suicide because of the constant bullying he encountered for being bisexual. Knote, who lives in Piqua, Ohio... [ Read more → ]
Heise Park pool in Galion, Ohio

Ohio public pool denies family passes to same-sex couples

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
GALION, Ohio -- There’s no gum allowed at the Heise Park pool in Galion. And no snorkels, no dunking, no smoking and no rough play. Oh, and apparently, no families headed by gay or lesbian parents. Galion, a city 60 miles north of Columbus, is reviewing its policy on family passes at a city-owned swimming pool after two women and their four children were denied ... [ Read more → ]
Tiffany Edwards

Body of transgender woman found shot to death, left on a Cincinnati street

Saturday, June 28, 2014
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- A transgender woman was found dead Thursday morning in the middle of a Cincinnati street. Tiffany Edwards, 28, had been shot to death, according to news reports, which said her body was discovered about 8 a.m. Thursday by a city sanitation driver. [ Read more → ]
David Pepper

HRC endorses Ohio AG candidate who says he’ll stop defending marriage ban

Monday, June 2, 2014
The HRC has endorsed David Pepper for Ohio attorney general, marking just the second time ever that the national LGBT civil rights group has weighed in on a state-level non-gubernatorial race. The clincher, according to HRC: incumbent Mike DeWine’s ongoing defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)

Portman on Ohio ruling: Marriage equality shouldn’t come from the courts

Thursday, April 17, 2014
COLUMBIS, Ohio -- U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), the first GOP senator to support marriage equality for same-sex couples, says he’s not a fan of Monday’s federal court ruling that would force the state to recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions. [ Read more → ]
Gay Games taxi roof ad.

Cab drivers quit over promotional ads for Cleveland’s Gay Games

Friday, April 11, 2014
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- More than a dozen taxi drivers are dropping out of a dedicated cab service at Cleveland’s airport because they don’t want to drive vehicles with signs promoting the upcoming Gay Games. [ Read more → ]
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.

Ohio Statehouse ban on same-sex ceremonies to get review

Thursday, April 10, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Overseers of Ohio’s Statehouse will review a seven-year-old policy that forbids same-sex couples from having their weddings and receptions in the state capitol building. [ Read more → ]
Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio), left, and Attorney General Mike DeWine (R-Ohio)

Ohio governor backs AG’s plan to fight against same-sex marriage ruling

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Tuesday that he supports the decision of his fellow Republican, Attorney General Mike DeWine, to appeal a court ruling that would force Ohio to recognize the legal, out-of-state marriages of its gay and lesbian residents. [caption id="attachment_134711"... [ Read more → ]
Bill Patmon

Ohio lawmaker withdraws ‘religious freedom’ bill

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An Ohio House sponsor is withdrawing a “religious freedom” bill that contains wording identical to anti-LGBT legislation in Arizona. [ Read more → ]
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