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Outlook Columbus

Outlook Columbus is a lifestyle and advocacy publication for the Ohio queer, allied and ubran progressive community. Its content contains both local and national focused features that compliment its mix of columns, editorials, arts & entertainment, sports, celebrity interviews, and community news.

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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 → ]
Ohio House photoOhio lawmakers Rep. Tim Derickso (front), and Rep. Bill Patmon (left) introduced their “religious freedom” bill in December.

Ohio ‘religious freedom’ bill on hold over concerns of anti-gay discrimination

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A “religious freedom” bill has been put on hold in the Ohio House of Representatives because of concerns that it’s nearly identical to legislation in Arizona that critics say would allow business owners to shun LGBT customers and anyone else they don’t like. [ Read more → ]

Ohio advocacy groups split on support for marriage equality amendment

Saturday, February 15, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- As it works to educate Ohioans on the need for marriage equality, a coalition of state and national advocacy groups says it opposes another organization’s effort to win Ohioans marriage equality at the ballot box this fall. [ Read more → ]
Dave Daubenmire

Anti-gay preacher rejected for coaching job at Ohio public high school

Thursday, February 13, 2014
HEBRON, Ohio — The founder of a Christian ministry whose online commentary rails against a “sissified” America and dismisses bullying as “the way of the world” was rejected Wednesday night as the next football coach at an Ohio public high school. [ Read more → ]
Getty Images

The Olympics: Why I’m Tuning Out

Friday, February 7, 2014
For months, President Vladimir Putin and leaders of the International Olympic Committee have been dismissing world concerns over Russia’s anti-gay laws and violence with assurances that LGBT athletes and spectators will be safe in Sochi. They’ve offered no such peace of mind to LGBT Russians, who won’t have the luxury of leaving the host country after the Olympics are over. Behind the facade of a nation sanitized for TV, gay Russians have become prey to hate-filled fellow citizens who call their anti-gay hunts “safaris.” I refuse to be one more TV viewer... [ Read more → ]

Gay Games TV ad offers contrast during Olympics broadcast

Friday, February 7, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Organizers of the 2014 Gay Games will give viewers of tonight’s Winter Olympics opening ceremonies a subtle reminder of the anti-LGBT atmosphere in Vladimir Putin’s Russia. [ Read more → ]
Dave Daubenmire

Ohio public school considers anti-gay, ‘Christian’ commentator for coaching job

Friday, January 31, 2014
A right-wing Christian commentator who says children in public schools are being educated by “homosexuals, fornicators and defiant haters of God” could be the next football coach at a public high school in the Ohio village of Hebron. [ Read more → ]

Ohio Statehouse hosted 23 weddings last year, but is off limits to gay ceremonies

Thursday, January 30, 2014
For gay and lesbian couples hoping to hold wedding ceremonies surrounded by the limestone columns and marble staircases of the Ohio Statehouse, it’s a grand location that’s totally off-limits. [ Read more → ]
Jim Obergefell (left) and John Arthur are plaintiffs in the federal suit agaist Ohio. Arthur died on Oct. 22.

Democratic challenger urges Ohio AG to drop appeal of marriage ruling

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Democrat challenging Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is calling attention to the Republican’s ongoing fight against a deceased gay man whose last wish was to be counted as married on his death certificate. [ Read more → ]

Cleveland, Akron gear up for fun and ‘Gay Games’

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Why does there have to be a Gay Games? Tom Nobbe gets that question a lot — although the reason becomes a lot more obvious every time the International Olympic Committee must issue a statement assuring LGBT athletes and spectators that they won’t be arrested or assaulted during next month’s Winter Olympics in anti-gay Russia. [ Read more → ]

Poll: Ohio voters likely to support gay marriage if religious exemption included

Friday, December 20, 2013
Ohio voters are split on the idea of same-sex marriage, but they’re far more likely to support it if know religious institutions won’t be forced to wed gay and lesbian couples, a new poll shows. [ Read more → ]
Gracie Umana, Outlook Columbus

Poll: 85 percent of Ohio voters know someone who is LGBT

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Eighty-five percent of Ohio voters know someone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, according to a new poll by a group that hopes familiarity breeds support for marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
Michael Premo

Head of N.J. marriage equality campaign leading new push to repeal Ohio ban

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The last blog post on the website for New Jersey United for Marriage is dated Oct. 21, the day gay and lesbian couples began getting marriage licenses across the state. [ Read more → ]
Brittany Stergis

Advocacy group says deaths of two Ohio transgender women were ‘hate crimes’

Monday, December 9, 2013
Ohio's LGBT community is mourning the deaths of two transgender women in Cleveland last week, and officials of a statewide LGBT advocacy group are calling the deaths hate crimes. [ Read more → ]

War Stories: Booed gay soldier chronicles life in the closet to gay rights activist

Friday, December 6, 2013
When Stephen Snyder-Hill and his U.S. Army unit were taking fire during the 1991 war in Iraq, the then-18-year-old private glanced down at a picture he carried of his brother with a girlfriend. “I decided if I died that day, I would never have loved somebody,” he said. [ Read more → ]
Ohio Statehouse, located in Columbus, Ohio

LGBT youth, discrimination, hate crimes laws getting lawmakers’ attention in Ohio

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- At the end of a year dominated by coverage and conversations about marriage equality, it’s other longstanding issues for LGBT people that are getting the most attention in Ohio. [ Read more → ]
Cemia Dove

Life sentence for murderer of Cleveland transgender woman

Thursday, November 14, 2013
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The convicted killer of Cemia “CeCe” Dove, a transgender woman found murdered earlier this year, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison. [ Read more → ]
Rob Portman

ENDA passage in the Senate could come down to Ohio Republican Rob Portman

Friday, November 1, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The battle to win U.S. Senate passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is all coming down to Ohio’s Rob Portman. [ Read more → ]
Charleta Tavares

Ohio lawmaker introduces bill to ban conversion therapy on minors

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Psychologists, therapists and other professionals would be banned from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of Ohio children under a proposal from three state senators. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)

Advocacy groups target U.S. Sen. Rob Portman for ENDA support

Friday, September 6, 2013
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman hasn’t decided yet whether U.S. employers should be able to fire workers just because they’re gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. [ Read more → ]

Ohio poll: Yes on anti-discrimination, mixed on marriage equality

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Most Ohio voters favor a law that would protect gay and lesbian people from on-the-job discrimination, but they’re not so sure about extending marriage rights to same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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