Gay Marriage

A state legislative panel is poised to hear from opponents of a bill that would let Ohio's churches and pastors refuse to perform same-sex marriages.

Under the so-called Pastor Protection Act, no clergy could be required to solemnize a marriage or have their church property be used to host a ceremony that's against their religious beliefs.

The proposal was introduced in the Ohio House three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision allowing same-sex marriage last year.


The Ohio Supreme Court is adopting the use of gender-neutral references in family court cases in place of words such as husband and wife following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing gay marriage across the country.

The updates to the Ohio high court rules and forms take effect Tuesday.

The Ohio order also includes father, mother, parent and spouse in its description of terms expressing familial relationships.

This covers the areas of divorce, child support, guardianships, adoption, domestic relations and domestic violence.

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Same-sex couples in Ohio can hold their weddings in the Statehouse, file their state taxes jointly and list their spouses on death certificates.

Those are among the changes following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last month that legalized gay marriage across the country.

The lead plaintiff in the case that led to the ruling was Jim Obergefell of Cincinnati. He sued Ohio's health director for refusing to list him as the surviving spouse on his husband's death certificate.

Now that gay marriages are allowed, the state is working to comply with the ruling.

Ohio Court: Minister Changes Stance On Gay Weddings

Jul 15, 2015

A northern Ohio minister who would not marry a gay couple while on duty at a county courthouse has apparently changed his stance.

Court officials in Toledo say the minister performed two same-sex marriages late last week.

The Rev. John Oliver had refused to marry a gay couple on the day in June when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across the country.

A court administrator tells The Blade newspaper in Toledo that the three ministers at the Lucas County Courthouse are not county employees.