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U.S. appeals court in Cincinnati key to how and where gay marriage advances

| Thursday, October 9, 2014
The Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse in Cincinnati is the home of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The court heard arguments in six same-sex marriage cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. A ruling in those cases is pending.
CINCINNATI -- After a series of developments on same-sex marriage this week, there's growing anticipation for a ruling by the federal appeals court based in Cincinnati. A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments two months ago on challenges to gay marriage bans in four states. Its eventual ruling could help...

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Ohio man sentenced to 18 years to life for murder of transgender woman

| Friday, October 3, 2014
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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- An Ohio man was sentenced Friday to 18 years to life after he admitted to gunning down a transgender woman last December. Prosecutors said Delshawn Carroll, 20, shot and killed Brittany Stergis, 22, on Dec. 6 as she sat in her car outside public housing.

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Lesbian couple files suit after being inseminated with black donor’s sperm

| Thursday, October 2, 2014
This undated family photo provided by Jennifer Cramblett shows her daughter, Payton. Cramblett and her partner, Amanda Zinkon, are suing Midwest Sperm Bank after she became pregnant with sperm donated by a black man instead of a white man, as they had intended. Cramblett was pregnant with Payton, now 2-years-old, when the mistake was discovered.
CLEVELAND -- An Ohio woman has sued a Chicago-area sperm bank after she became pregnant with sperm donated by a black man instead of a white man as she and her partner had intended. The woman is seeking damages and wants to ensure the sperm bank doesn't make a similar mistake again.

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Coalition of Cincinnati groups plans to reduce LGBT youth homelessness

| Sunday, September 28, 2014
homeless-youth
CINCINNATI -- A plan for reducing homelessness among LGBT youth will be submitted for federal approval this week by a coalition of Cincinnati groups. Cincinnati was one of two cities the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development invited to develop such plans, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. The southwestern Ohio city was chosen partly because...

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Marriage News Watch: More states waiting for Supreme Court on marriage rulings

| Monday, September 22, 2014
Cynthia Wides, right, and Elizabeth Carey exchange wedding vows at City Hall in San Francisco, Saturday, June 29, 2013.
A surprising reveal this week from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg about the court's plans for taking up a marriage case -- or maybe not taking up any. An Arkansas clerk breaks ranks with top state officials, declaring for the first time that the state's marriage ban is unconstitutional. Plus: numerous states freeze their marriage lawsuits...

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Cincinnati to cover transgender procedures under city’s health insurance

| Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Cincinnati, Ohio
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Medically necessary procedures related to a person's gender identity will be covered under the City of Cincinnati's health insurance starting next year. Cincinnati.com reports that City Councilman Chris Seelbach, the city’s first openly gay council member, led a council majority in signing a letter urging the change. ...

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Ohio church marks 100th anniversary by installing first openly gay pastor

| Monday, August 18, 2014
Dennis Coy
CANTON, Ohio — An Ohio church marking its 100th anniversary has installed its first openly gay pastor. The Congregational United Church of Christ in Plain Township, north of Canton, made the Rev. Dennis Coy its pastor in a formal ceremony Sunday.

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Donors pledge $2.3 million for new Cleveland LGBT center

| Monday, August 11, 2014
LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland
CLEVELAND -- The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland has announced $2.3 million in gifts that will pay for a new center and expanded programming. “We are overjoyed!” said Phyllis Harris, executive director of the center, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year. The money comes from two sources: a $1.8 million donation from an anonymous ...

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Marriage News Watch: Sixth Circuit recap, 3 states head to Supreme Court

| Monday, August 11, 2014
Gay marriage supporters rally outside the Potter Stewart United States Courthouse, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Cincinnati, where the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals heard arguments in six cases from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. A ruling in those cases is pending.
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) recaps last week's hearings in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in the challenges to four states' same-sex marriage bans, while appeals from three other states land at the U.S. Supreme Court. Plus, Wisconsin organizers have formed a new group called ...

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America’s Heartland hosts Gay Games, visitors from around the globe

| Thursday, August 7, 2014
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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Participants and spectators from 46 countries are coming to the Heartland for Gay Games 9, a quadrennial event that for the first time is taking place outside one of the world’s gay capitals. In choosing Cleveland and Akron, organizers said they wanted to stage the Games in a place where they could have an impact in boosting acceptance and support ...

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