Ohio

Ohio is the 17th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on March 1, 1803. Its capital and most populous city is Columbus.

Marriage Equality: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions was approved by voters in November 2004. The constitutional ban is currently being challenged in federal court. The cases are Obergefell v. Wymyslo and Henry v. Wymyslo.

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black

Judge stays ruling on Ohio recognition of lawful same-sex marriages

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge has put on hold the majority of what attorneys have called a "momentous" change to Ohio's gay marriage law. [ Read more → ]
Lawrence L. Featheroff

Ohio man gets prison time for trying to ‘push the gay out’ of disabled brother

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
LANCASTER, Ohio — An Ohio man who was caring for his disabled younger brother has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for punching him and threatening to slice off his genitals to “push the gay out of him.” [ Read more → ]
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Ohio school board debates policy to ban discrimination against gay teachers

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A proposal to protect schoolteachers from being fired or otherwise treated differently on the basis of sexual orientation is dividing the state school board. [ Read more → ]
Attorney Al Gerhardstein, left, stands with several same-sex couples at a news conference, Friday, April 4, 2014, in Cincinnati. Civil rights attorneys are arguing in Federal Court on Friday that a federal judge should prohibit Ohio officials from enforcing the state's ban on gay marriage.

Federal judge considers staying Ohio same-sex marriage ruling

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge who ordered Ohio to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states says he's inclined to issue a stay of his decision pending appeal, meaning most gay couples living in the state would see no immediate tangible expansion of their rights. [ Read more → ]
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Language approved for ballot initiative to repeal Ohio same-sex marriage ban

Monday, April 14, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has certified the language in a new version of a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at overturning the state's same-sex marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
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Federal judge orders Ohio to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages

Monday, April 14, 2014
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge on Monday ordered Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, the latest court victory for gay rights supporters. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black

Federal judge expected to issue key ruling on Ohio same-sex marriage ban

Monday, April 14, 2014
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge is expected to issue what could be the most sweeping ruling yet for gay marriage in Ohio by ordering the state to recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in other states that allow same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Nicole, left, and Pam Yorksmith, a Cincinnati couple who married in California in 2008 and have a 3-year-old son, are among the four couples who filed the lawsuit challenging Ohio's gay marriage ban.

Ohio same-sex couples eagerly await Monday’s marriage ruling

Sunday, April 13, 2014
[caption id="attachment_135316" align="alignleft" width="665"][media-credit name="Al Behrman, AP" align="alignleft" width="665"][/media-credit] Nicole, left, and Pam Yorksmith, a Cincinnati couple who married in California in 2008 and have a 3-year-old son, are among the four couples who filed the lawsuit challenging Ohio's gay marriage ban.[/caption] CINCINNATI -- Pam... [ Read more → ]
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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 → ]
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Ohio lawmaker renews call for judge’s impeachment over gay marriage ruling

Monday, April 7, 2014
CINCINNATI -- An Ohio state lawmaker has reiterated his call for the impeachment of a federal judge who plans to order Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay marriages. [ Read more → ]
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Ohio group seeking to overturn gay marriage ban to launch petition for gay rights act

Saturday, April 5, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A group pushing to have voters overturn Ohio's gay marriage ban says it is also collecting signatures to bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment and housing. [ Read more → ]
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Federal judge to order Ohio to recognize legal same-sex marriages

Friday, April 4, 2014
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge said Friday that he will strike down Ohio's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, a move that stops short of forcing Ohio to perform same-sex weddings but will make the state recognize gay couples legally wed elsewhere. [ Read more → ]
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Federal judge approves hormone treatments for transgender Ohio inmate

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A federal judge has ordered Ohio's prisons agency to restore hormone treatments for a transgender inmate who sued after they were stopped. [ Read more → ]
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Ohio couple dismisses challenge to gay marriage ban over healthcare coverage

Friday, March 28, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A married, same-sex couple in Ohio who had trouble getting family coverage under the federal health care law has dismissed their lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s gay marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
Alex Brandon, AP

Religious freedom bills: The latest effort to counter advances in marriage equality

Friday, February 28, 2014
WASHINGTON – Religious freedom bills in more than a dozen state legislatures this year mark the latest effort by opponents of same-sex marriage to counter the growing public acceptance of marriage equality, and the momentum of federal court rulings striking down state gay marriage bans. [ 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 → ]
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Ohio poll finds voters closely divided in support for same-sex marriage

Monday, February 24, 2014
A new poll finds that Ohioans are closely split when it comes to same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Couple challenging Ohio gay marriage ban due to denial of family health plan

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A married same-sex couple has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit asking a judge to declare Ohio's statewide ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
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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 → ]
J. Scott Applewhite, APVin Testa of Washington waves a rainbow flag in support of gay rights outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday hoping to hear the court announce decisions in the gay marriage cases.

Battle over same-sex marriage moving rapidly to federal appeals courts

Saturday, February 15, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The overturning of Virginia's same-sex marriage ban places the legal fight over same-sex unions increasingly in the hands of federal appeals courts shaped by President Barack Obama's two election victories. [ 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 → ]
Sam Wheeler

Kent State wrestler suspended for ‘fag’ tweets aimed at Michael Sam

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
KENT, Ohio -- A wrestler at Kent State University has been suspended indefinitely for a series of anti-gay tweets on Monday, including referring to Missouri football player Michael Sam as "that fag." [ Read more → ]
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