The head of the agency overseeing the Ohio Capitol grounds says a Holocaust memorial approved by the governor may not be appropriate for the site. Former state Senator Richard Finn of Cincinnati is president of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board. According to The Columbus Dispatch, Richard Finan the memorial may not fit outside the Statehouse. He also has concerns other groups may request other memorials. A bill signed Friday by Governor John Kasich calls for the memorial. The state is funding preliminary site work and private money will fund the rest of the project.
Supporters of a measure that would allow gay marriage in Ohio have been cleared to continue their ballot effort. The Freedom to Marry coalition wants to repeal and replace a 2004 state constitutional amendment that says Ohio only recognizes a marriage between a man and a woman. The group's proposal would allow two consenting adults to enter into marriage regardless of gender. Religious institutions could decide who to marry.
A federal lawsuit has been filed in Cincinnati on behalf of a gay student who says his high school is violating his freedom of expression rights by prohibiting him from wearing a T-shirt urging tolerance of gay students. Maverick Couch's mother filed the lawsuit Tuesday against Wayne Local School District and its high school principal. The lawsuit says Couch, a junior, was threatened with suspension if he wears the shirt bearing the message "Jesus Is Not a Homophobe." The lawsuit says school officials told him the shirt is sexual in nature and inappropriate at school.
Montgomery County Children Services says Abuse and neglect referrals are down. The 4 percent drop in 2011 was included in new statistics released Monday. The number of referrals dropped from 3,903 in 2010 to 3,757 in 2011.
But in a report from the Dayton Daily News, officials are say cases of severe abuse and cases involving multiple victims or perpetrators are evident.
XavierUniversity in Cincinnati has announced that it will no longer provide birth control insurance coverage for employees.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that President of the Catholic university, Michael J. Graham,says the decision as prompted by national debate over a provision in President Barack Obama's health care law that requires insurers to provide such coverage.
Xavier says the change, announced Monday, goes into effect July 1. The university has about 950 faculty and staff and did not know how many would be affected.