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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Effort to repeal Ohio same-sex marriage ban won’t make November ballot

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A key organizer in the ballot effort to overturn Ohio's same-sex marriage ban says a revised proposal lacks the required signatures to go before voters this fall. FreedomOhio's executive director Ian James also said Thursday the campaign would not have had enough money to run an effective statewide campaign this year.

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Oral arguments set in appeal of Michigan, three other states same-sex marriage rulings

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press   (AP)Supporters and protesters chant before closing arguments in the trial of two Detroit-area nurses, Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, challenging Michigan's gay-marriage ban at the Theodore Levin Federal Court in Detroit Friday March 7, 2014.
DETROIT -- Oral arguments have been scheduled by a federal appeals court in the appeals of same-sex marriage rulings in Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. The Cincinnati-based U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said in a court filing Monday that it would hear arguments in the cases on August 6.

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Cleveland man charged in fatal shooting of transgender woman

| Sunday, June 8, 2014
Brittany Stergis (left) and Delshawn Carroll
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Police have charged a Cleveland man with murder in connection with the fatal December shooting of a 22-year-old transgender woman. Delshawn Carroll, 19, was charged with one count of aggravated murder for shooting and killing Brittany Stergis Dec. 6 as she sat in her car outside public housing.

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