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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 march from the Potter Stewart United States Courthouse, rear, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, to Fountain Square in Cincinnati.
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
Gay-Games
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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Federal appeals court weighs four states’ same-sex marriage cases

| Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Gay marriage supporters rally outside a federal courthouse in Concinatti on Wednesday, Aug. 6, where judges were hearing the appeals of six same-sex marriage cases from four states.
CINCINNATI --A federal appeals court judge hearing arguments in six gay marriage fights in a landmark hearing Wednesday expressed deep skepticism about whether the courts are the ideal setting for such major change, saying that the best way to win the hearts and minds of Americans on the issue would be the democratic process. The judge, Jeffrey S. Sutton of the ...

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AUDIO: Ohio same-sex marriage ban faces federal appeals court

| Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Ohio plaintiffs and attorneys.
CINCINNATI — A state official says that Ohio has traditionally defined marriage as between a man and woman, and that same-sex marriage is too new to be considered a deeply rooted, fundamental right. State solicitor Eric Murphy argued Wednesday in favor of the ban on same-sex marriage passed by Ohio voters a decade ago. A three-judge panel of the...

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Same-sex marriage cases in Ohio draw hundreds of gay rights supporters

| Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Marriage rally
CINCINNATI -- Hundreds of gay marriage supporters rallied Wednesday in downtown Cincinnati near the federal courthouse where judges were hearing arguments about the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in four states. Advocates held up banners and signs urging freedom to marry or other messages in favor of legal challenges to bans in ....

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A summary of same-sex marriage cases before the Sixth Circuit appeals court

| Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Jean Dawell of Delhi joined hundred of others along with the group Why Marriage Matters Ohio at a rally for gay marriage in Lytle Park, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 in Cincinnati.
The Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in six gay marriage fights from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee on Wednesday, setting the stage for one ruling. Each case deals with whether statewide gay marriage bans violate the Constitution. A look at the cases:

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Sixth Circuit hearing same-sex marriage arguments from four states

| Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Duane Lewis, left and his partner Rex Van Alstine, both of Finneytown, Ohio, join hundreds of others along with the group Why Marriage Matters Ohio at a rally for gay marriage in Lytle Park, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 in Cincinnati.
CINCINNATI — A federal appeals court began to hear arguments Wednesday in six gay marriage fights from four states – Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee – in the biggest such session on the issue so far, and hundreds of supporters rallied near the courthouse. Three judges of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati considered arguments ...

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