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The Human Rights Campaign marches at Columbus gay pride in 2007.
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A new survey says Ohio schools are still unsafe for a majority of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students. The biennial National School Climate Survey conducted by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) finds just 4 percent of Ohio students say their schools have a policy protecting them from bullying or harassment based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

 Kevin Mabrey with GLSEN Greater Dayton says Ohio hasn’t improved much in the last two years.

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Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich says he continues to support the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, even as similar prohibitions are being struck down by the courts. In an interview earlier this week, Kasich said he supports the 2004 amendment defining marriage as only between one man and one woman, even though recent court rulings mean 60 percent of Americans live in a state that does or will recognize same-sex marriage.

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  The U.S. Supreme Court's has rejected appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriage, but the fight isn’t over in Ohio.

The Supreme Court’s decision to turn away appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin means 60 percent of the U.S. population lives in a state where same-sex marriages will be recognized. Ohio still isn’t one of them, but Al Gerhardstein, who’s the attorney in two cases filed against Ohio’s same-sex marriage ban, says he thinks change is inevitable.

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Advocates on both sides of the issue are planning to turn out to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati as oral arguments begin Wednesday afternoon in same-sex marriage cases from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. Capacity crowds are expected at the Potter Stewart courtroom in Cincinnati where two overflow rooms for spectators have been set-up.

Groups that favor gay marriage are planning rallies outside the courthouse, and gay marriage opponents say they’re also gathering forces. 

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On Saturday, June 7th, 2014, The Dayton Gay Men's Chorus will present the Dayton premiere of an oratorio that reflects the life of Harvey Milk, the first elected openly gay man to hold public office in California. The work, composed by Tony nominated Andrew Lippa, weaves elements of Milk's life, from childhood to his assassination in November of 1978. 

A federal judge has ordered Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of gay couples performed in other states.  Judge Timothy Black's ruling on Monday criticized the state's "ongoing arbitrary discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation."

He says the state's marriage recognition bans are unconstitutional and unenforceable.

Rick Cauthen and his partner of nine years, were married in New York in 2012. He says when they had their taxes done this year, it was a reminder that Ohio considers their marriage invalid.

The group that’s pushing a same-sex marriage amendment in Ohio says it’s retooling the language because of concerns about religious institutions.

Ian James of Freedom Ohio says language about recognition of same-sex marriages by religious institutions has been taken out, and that the group will start circulating the new petitions as soon as possible. But he says they still have the signatures they need to put the original issue on the ballot with a filing deadline of July 2.

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A new poll finds that Ohioans are closely divided when it comes to gay marriage. A Quinnipiac  University poll released Monday shows that 50 percent of Ohio voters support gay marriage while 44 percent are against it.

The survey also finds that Ohio voters under age 30 overwhelmingly back the idea while those 65 and older opposed it.

Gay marriage supporters are working to put the issue back on the Ohio ballot in November. There also have been recent lawsuits aimed at seeking the recognition of gay marriage in Ohio.

If a same sex couple who is married in another state has a child together, only one parent’s name can be listed on an Ohio birth certificate. Now a lawsuit has been filed that would change that.

Cincinnati Attorney Al Gerhardstein says it is unfair that two heterosexual married parents of a child can have both of their names listed on a birth certificate yet two married homosexual parents have to choose just one name to put on that document.

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