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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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 → ]
Al Behrman, APAttorney Alphonse Gerhardstein, seated second from right, answers questions Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, during a news conference in Cincinnati. Four legally married gay couples filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday seeking a court order to force Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages on birth certificates despite a statewide ban.

Four gay couples sue to force Ohio’s hand on same-sex marriage

Monday, February 10, 2014
CINCINNATI -- Four legally married gay couples filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday seeking a court order to force Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages on birth certificates despite a statewide ban, echoing arguments in a similar successful lawsuit concerning death certificates. [ Read more → ]
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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 → ]
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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.

Ohio appeals ruling that state recognize gay marriages on death certificates

Thursday, January 16, 2014
CINCINNATI -- Ohio authorities have appealed a federal judge's ruling ordering them to recognize gay marriages on death certificates. [ 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 → ]
Brian Panetta (left) and Nathan David

Catholic school choir director forced to resign following engagement to partner

Monday, January 13, 2014
SANDUSKY, Ohio -- A Catholic school in Sandusky, Ohio, has forced its band and choir director to resign after school officials learned he and his boyfriend recently became engaged to be married. [ Read more → ]
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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 → ]
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.

Ohio ruling likely to spark litigation aimed at striking down gay marriage ban

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
CINCINNATI — A federal judge’s decision ordering Ohio authorities to recognize gay marriages on death certificates may be a narrow ruling, but observers – and even the judge himself – predict it will spark further litigation aimed at striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Timothy Black

Narrow ruling on death certificates rejects Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage

Monday, December 23, 2013
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge has declared in a ruling that applies only to death certificates that Ohio's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
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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 → ]
U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black

Federal judge questions if Ohio officials can refuse to recognize legal gay unions

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
CINCINNATI -- Both sides of a fight over whether same-sex marriage should be recognized on Ohio death certificates despite a statewide constitutional ban were set to argue their cases in front of a federal judge in Cincinnati. [ Read more → ]
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Cleveland police official: Murders of transgender women were ‘crimes of hate’

Monday, December 16, 2013
CLEVELAND — A Cleveland police official says police believe the recent slayings of two transgender women were motivated by hate. [ 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 → ]
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Angry mom wants harassment of transgender child to stop

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
MARENGO, Ohio -- An Ohio mother says her 9-year-old transgender child is being harassed on social media and she wants it to stop. [ 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 → ]
Jim Obergefell (left) and John Arthur are plaintiffs in the federal suit agaist Ohio. Arthur died on Oct. 22.

Federal judge hears arguments in Ohio same-sex marriage lawsuit

Thursday, October 31, 2013
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge is considering whether to allow a funeral director to remain on a lawsuit that seeks to have gay marriages recognized on Ohio death certificates despite a statewide ban, saying after a lively court hearing in Cincinnati on Wednesday that he would act quickly in the matter. [ Read more → ]
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Victory Fund announces ‘Ten Races to Watch’ featuring LGBT candidates

Friday, October 25, 2013
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has announced its annual “Races to Watch” list featuring openly LGBT candidates, naming 10 candidates involved in groundbreaking runs for political office this year. Victory has endorsed a total of 85 out candidates for 2013, an all-time high for an odd numbered year. [ Read more → ]
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