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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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Catholic leader in Ohio urges prayer for court to uphold ‘traditional marriage’

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis Schnurr
CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati-based leader of Roman Catholics in a 19-county archdiocese is urging them to pray that a federal appeals court considering same-sex marriage bans will uphold what he calls "traditional marriage." Archbishop Dennis Schnurr says Ohio's bishops strongly supported the voter-approved 2004 state ban. He says traditional marriage ...

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Federal appeals courts prepare to hear slew of same-sex marriage cases

Tuesday, August 5, 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 -- Federal appeals courts covering nearly half the United States will soon hear arguments on whether gay and lesbian couples have a right to marry, part of a slew of cases putting pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a final verdict. If the appeals courts continue the unbroken eight-month streak of rulings in favor of gay marriage, that could make...

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Six marriage appeals before 6th Circuit ring familiar bell in Cincinnati

Monday, August 4, 2014
Alphonse Gerhardstein
CINCINNATI -- For Chris Seelbach, the legal challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage being argued this week in federal appeals court in Cincinnati mark another milestone - not just for gay rights, but for the city he calls home. He campaigned a decade ago to repeal a 1990s charter amendment that banned the city from protecting people from discrimination ...

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Ohio’s same-sex marriage debate goes beyond courtroom

Saturday, August 2, 2014
AP (File)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The debate over Ohio's ban on same-sex marriage extends beyond the courtroom to libraries, community centers, living rooms and city streets. Supporters of same-sex marriage are holding town hall meetings and house parties to try to sway more Ohioans to their side. Other backers have circulated petitions at festivals and parades in a push...

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Group backing marriage equality releases television ad in Ohio

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
George-and-Henry
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A group supporting same-sex marriage in Ohio is airing its first television ad as a federal appeals court prepares to hear oral arguments on the issue. The ad from the Why Marriage Matters Ohio campaign features a gay couple from the state who married last October in New York after 50 years together. The two men discuss their long-term relationship ...

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