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Review board concludes: No same-sex ceremonies allowed at Ohio Statehouse

| Friday, July 18, 2014
Ohio Statehouse, located in Columbus, Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A board has maintained a policy preventing same-sex couples and others without valid Ohio wedding licenses from renting the Ohio Statehouse and its grounds for weddings and receptions. A spokesman for the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, which oversees the Statehouse building and grounds, says a committee reviewed ...

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Ohio AG tells appeals court gay marriage decision should be left to voters

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Attorney General Mike DeWine (R-Ohio)
CINCINNATI -- The Ohio Attorney General's Office urged a federal appeals court to reject arguments that the state should have to recognize same-sex marriage, saying the decision should be left to voters. The arguments, filed Tuesday in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, are a preview of what's to come on Aug. 6, when a three-judge panel...

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

| Friday, July 11, 2014
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.
“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.

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

| Thursday, July 10, 2014
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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...

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Ohio man indicted on six counts in robbery, murder of transgender woman

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Quamar Edwards
CINCINNATI – A grand jury in Ohio on Wednesday handed down a six-count indictment on an Ohio man who police say fatally shot a transgender woman last month. Quamar Edwards, 25, was indicted on one count each of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, murder, felonious assault, having weapons under disability and tampering with evidence ...

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Ohio public pool denies family passes to same-sex couples

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Heise Park pool in Galion, Ohio
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 ...

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Arguments detailed in Ohio same-sex marriage challenge

| Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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CINCINNATI -- Attorneys for same-sex couples fighting to have their marriages recognized in Ohio are urging a federal appeals court to strike down the state's same-sex marriage ban, arguing that it's unconstitutional and demeaning. The arguments were filed Tuesday in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

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Suspect in murder of Ohio transgender woman turns himself in

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Quamar Edwards
CINCINNATI – A man suspected of the murder of a transgender woman turned himself in to Cincinnati police on Wednesday. Quamar Edwards was arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of 28-year-old Tiffany Edwards, 28, whose body was discovered by a sanitation worker on a Cincinnati street last week.

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

| Saturday, June 28, 2014
Tiffany Edwards
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.

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George Takei kicks off LGBT Pride parade in Columbus

| Saturday, June 21, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — “Star Trek” actor and gay activist George Takei kicked off a gay pride parade in central Ohio. Takei, who led the parade through Columbus city streets on Saturday, told The Columbus Dispatch that he wants the United States to be a country where everyone enjoys equality.

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