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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Judge Timothy Black

Lawsuit over same-sex marriage, death certificates expanded in Ohio

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
CINCINNATI -- A lawsuit seeking to have the marriages of two gay couples recognized on death certificates has been expanded to include all similarly situated couples in Ohio, despite a statewide ban on same sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
John Becker Ohio

Ohio lawmaker wants federal judge impeached for same-sex marriage rulings

Monday, September 23, 2013
An Ohio state lawmaker wants the U.S. Congress to impeach a federal judge who ordered state officials to recognize the same-sex marriages of a deceased man and another terminally ill man on their death certificates. [ Read more → ]
Jared Fox

Cleveland teen will not face hate crime charge in attack on gay bar patron

Thursday, September 19, 2013
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A 16-year-old male teen arrested Tuesday in connection with an attack on a gay man outside a popular Cleveland gay bar over the Labor Day weekend will not face a hate crime charge. [ Read more → ]
Cocktails bar, Cleveland, Ohio.

Cleveland police arrest 13-year-old in alleged hate crime at gay bar

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Police in Cleveland, Ohio, have arrested a 13-year-old teen in connection with a second possible hate crime in less than a week at a local gay bar. [ Read more → ]

Gay rights supporters launch marriage equality campaign in Ohio

Monday, September 9, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Gay rights supporters said Monday that they plan to build support for same-sex marriage in Ohio, while remaining separate from a ballot effort to overturn the state's gay marriage ban next year. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)

Advocacy groups target U.S. Sen. Rob Portman for ENDA support

Friday, September 6, 2013
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman hasn’t decided yet whether U.S. employers should be able to fire workers just because they’re gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. [ Read more → ]

Ohio poll: Yes on anti-discrimination, mixed on marriage equality

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Most Ohio voters favor a law that would protect gay and lesbian people from on-the-job discrimination, but they’re not so sure about extending marriage rights to same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Jared Fox

N.Y. man attacked in anti-gay hate crime while visiting family in Cleveland

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A New York man visiting family in Ohio was attacked late Saturday night outside a popular Cleveland gay bar in what police are calling an anti-gay hate crime. [ Read more → ]

Judge sides with Ohio couple; orders gay man listed as married on death certificate

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
A recently deceased gay Ohio man must be listed on his death certificate as married and his husband must be listed as his spouse despite Ohio's gay marriage ban, a federal judge ordered Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
Procter & Gamble headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.

LGBT rights advocates to urge Procter & Gamble to drop Olympics sponsorship

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- LGBT activists will deliver nearly 200,000 signatures to Procter & Gamble headquarters in Cincinnati on Wednesday, urging the maker of everything from perfumes to pet food to end its sponsorship of the 2014 Winter Olympics in anti-gay Russia. [ Read more → ]
Cedar Point amusement park, Sandusky, Ohio

Amusement park cancels wedding contest rather than include gay couples

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
SANDSUSKY, Ohio — An amusement park in Ohio is canceling a wedding contest after a gay couple organized a protest against the promotion because it excluded same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Carla Hale

Lesbian teacher fired from Ohio Catholic school won’t get her job back

Thursday, August 15, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Carla Hale, a popular physical education teacher and coach who was fired by the Catholic Diocese of Columbus, will not return to Bishop Watterson High School for a 20th year of teaching. [ Read more → ]
Gary Landers, Cincinnati Enquirer/APJim Obergefell, right, and John Arthur return from their wedding flight at Cincinnati's Lunken Airport. The couple were married during a short ceremony on the plane, on the tarmac, at Baltimore/Washington International Airport on July 11, after flying in from Cincinnati.

Judge extends order that Ohio recognize dying man’s same-sex marriage

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge on Tuesday extended a temporary restraining order preventing state authorities from enforcing their ban on gay marriage against two men who got married in another state as one of them nears death. [ Read more → ]
Gary Landers, Cincinnati Enquirer/APJim Obergefell, right, and John Arthur return from their wedding flight at Cincinnati's Lunken Airport. The couple were married during a short ceremony on the plane, on the tarmac, at Baltimore/Washington International Airport on July 11, after flying in from Cincinnati.

Ruling on terminally ill gay man’s death certificate may spawn new suits

Saturday, July 27, 2013
CINCINNATI -- A same-sex couple who successfully sued to get their out-of-state marriage recognized in Ohio despite a state ban are at the forefront of what supporters and experts believe will be a rush of similar lawsuits aiming to take advantage of an apparent legal loophole. [ Read more → ]
Attorney General Mike DeWine (R-Ohio)

UPDATED: Ohio AG says ‘no appeal planned’ in terminally ill gay man’s death certificate

Thursday, July 25, 2013
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will appeal a federal judge's ruling that state officials must recognize the marriage of a gay couple that was performed in Maryland on the death certificate of one of the men who is terminally ill. [ Read more → ]
Jim Obergefell (left) and John Arthur

Federal judge orders Ohio to recognize terminally ill man’s same-sex marriage

Monday, July 22, 2013
A federal judge in Ohio on Monday ordered state officials to recognize the marriage of a gay couple that was performed in Maryland on the death certificate of one of the men who is terminally ill, noting that he “is certain to die soon.” [ Read more → ]
Jim Obergefell (left) and John Arthur (right) marry on a medically equipped jet on the tarmac at Baltimore-Washington Airport in Gen Burnie, Md., on July 11. Arthur's aunt, Paulette Roberts (center) officiated the wedding.

Ohio couple challenges state law denying same-sex marriage

Saturday, July 20, 2013
CINCINNATI -- Two Ohio men have filed a federal lawsuit alleging Ohio violates the U.S Constitution by denying legal recognition to same-sex couples married in states where gay marriage is legal. [ Read more → ]
From left, Jim Obergefell, Paulette Roberts and John Arthur

‘A perfect day’ – Terminally ill patient marries partner on airport tarmac

Sunday, July 14, 2013
John Arthur is bedridden with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), a progressive neurological disease that robs patients of their ability to walk, talk and eventually breathe. On June 26, as he watched news that the U.S. Supreme Court had struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage that prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriages, John knew what would be that one "perfect day" before he took his last breath. [ Read more → ]
Jim Petro

Prominent Ohio Republican joins effort to overturn gay marriage ban

Monday, July 8, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A prominent Ohio Republican says he is supporting an effort to overturn Ohio's ban on same-sex marriage. Jim Petro is a former Ohio auditor, attorney general and state chancellor of higher education. [ Read more → ]
Outlook ColumbusRepresentatives of custom apparel clothier Skreened distribute pink shirts on Friday outside the offices of Outlook Columbus.

Seeing red over recent anti-gay attacks, Columbus wears pink

Friday, June 14, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A community that has been seeing red over recent attacks against gay men today is turning pink. [ Read more → ]

Columbus’ LGBT community mobilizes after anti-gay attacks

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Union employee kicked and beaten by two men early Monday morning gave his ex-boyfriend a kiss goodbye moments before he was attacked by a man who had been watching from across the street. [ Read more → ]
Carla Hale

Catholic Diocese of Columbus refuses to reinstate fired lesbian teacher

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Catholic Diocese of Columbus has again upheld its dismissal of Carla Hale, the 19-year Bishop Watterson High School teacher fired during Holy Week because she mentioned her partner in a newspaper obituary. [ Read more → ]
WCPO-TVChris Ashcraft

Three gay men attacked in separate incidents in Columbus over past four days

Monday, June 10, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Three gay men have been attacked in Columbus over the last four days, and LGBT advocates are warning people to be extra cautious in a month that celebrates pride and openness. [ Read more → ]
John O'Grady (left) and Bishop Frederick Campbell

Bishop rescinds commencement invite over speaker’s support of gay marriage

Friday, June 7, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady has been in the Catholic youth ministry, and he has hosted leadership retreats for young Catholics. He has spoken at Catholic schools and has sponsored ball teams throughout the Diocese of Columbus. [ Read more → ]

Ohio LGBT advocacy groups at odds (again) over gay marriage strategy

Thursday, June 6, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A short-lived show of unity Wednesday between Equality Ohio and Freedom Ohio deteriorated quickly as the allies-turned-rivals-turned-allies turned into rivals again. [ Read more → ]
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