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Ohio man, deceased husband: The faces of the marriage equality movement

Sunday, April 26, 2015
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.
Jim Obergefell hadn't thought about becoming one of the most visible figures in the marriage equality movement. He just wanted to marry the love of his life for 21 years. ...

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A new baby pulled New York couple into Ohio same-sex marriage lawsuit

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Joseph Vitale, right with Rob Talmas, left, holding their adopted son Cooper in New York City.
Married and living in New York City, Joseph Vitale and Robert Talmas joined the legal battle over Ohio's same-sex marriage law because that's where their adopted son was born. Both fathers want to be listed on Cooper's birth certificate. ...

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Kentucky couple hopes marriage case will lift obstacles to raising children

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Pam Yorksmith, left, and her spouse Nicole Yorksmith, along with their children, Grayden and Orion. The couple are Ohio plaintiffs in a same-sex marriage case to be argued before the Supreme Court on April 28.
Raising two young children in states that don't recognize that their parents are married has confronted Nicole and Pam Yorksmith with a range of problems. ...

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Funeral director speaks up for the deceased and their loved ones in marriage case

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Robert Grunn
Robert Grunn, a Cincinnati gay man who's been a licensed funeral director for more than two decades, joined cases now before the U.S. Supreme Court seeking recognition of same-sex marriage in Ohio and other states. ...

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What would happen to their son if something happens to them?

Friday, April 17, 2015
Britini Rogers, left and Brittani Henry with their son Jayseon in Middletown, Ohio. An impending birth spurred Henry and Rogers to get married. It’s the possibility of an untimely death that pushed them to become part of the same-sex marriage legal actions now before the U.S. Supreme Court.
An impending birth prompted Brittani Henry and Brittni Rogers to get married. Worries about what the future holds pushed them to join legal cases now before the U.S. Supreme Court. ...

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Two Kellys raising their baby as loving, if not legal, parents

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Kelly Noe, left, and her spouse, Kelly McCracken, along with their daughter, Ruby Noe-McCracken, are Ohio plaintiffs in a same-sex marriage case to be argued before the Supreme Court in late April. Noe and McCracken say they give their baby daughter a lot of love. Now, they want the nation’s highest court to give them more legal status.
Kelly Noe and Kelly McCracken say they give their baby daughter a lot of love. They want the nation's highest court to give them more legal status. ...

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Widowed with 3 kids, Ohio man joins same-sex marriage case

Thursday, April 16, 2015
David Brian Michener, left, and William Herbert Ives, who were committed partners for 18 years, with their three adopted children, from left, Michael, Anna and Jackson. They were married in 2013 in Delaware and William died later that year.
David Michener had planned on raising a family with two dads. He and William Ives, a couple for 18 years, had adopted three children and were bringing them up in Cincinnati when they got married in Delaware in 2013. ...

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New bill would allow Ohio clergy to refuse to officiate same-sex unions

Monday, April 13, 2015
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
A new bill is being introduced at the Ohio Statehouse that would allow officiants to refuse to marry same sex couples in Ohio. ...

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Ohio leaders aim to capitalize on criticism of Indiana religious freedom law

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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Officials in Ohio are aiming to capitalize on backlash against a religious-objections law in neighboring Indiana that critics say could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. ...

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Ohio State NCAA wrestling champion Mike Pucillo comes out as gay

Friday, March 27, 2015
Mike Pucillo
For months, the NCAA wrestling champion from Ohio State had tried time and again to share his biggest secret, but he couldn’t bring himself to verbalize two words. ...

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