Gay Marriage

A federal court has ruled in favor of a gay couple who wants their marriage in another state recognized here in Ohio.

One of Ohio’s former top Republican office holders is supporting the effort to overturn Ohio’s ban on gay marriage.

Republican Jim Petro is well known in Ohio politics.  He’s served as Ohio’s Attorney General, State Auditor, Chancellor of Ohio Regents, and a state lawmaker.  Now he’s taking a stand in a hot button political issue.  Petro is working with the group that wants to put an issue on the ballot next year that would allow Ohioans to vote to overturn the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Ohio’s Republican Sen. Rob Portman agrees with the U.S. Supreme Court striking down the federal ban on gay marriage this week. And he hopes Ohio’s ban on gay marriage is overturned, but he's counting on voters, not courts, to do that.

In 1996, Rob Portman voted for the federal Defense of Marriage Act as a member of the House of Representatives. In March, he said he’s evolved – since discovering his son is gay – and now supports gay marriage. And this week, he supported the high court vote to overturn DOMA.

Ohio Gay Marriage Ban Continues, But DOMA Decision Looms Large

Jun 27, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the federal Defense of Marriage Act did nothing to change Ohio’s ban on gay marriage -- directly. But the reasoning of that decision could guide a legal path in Ohio.

With the Supreme Court’s affirmation that the federal government cannot discriminate against married couples of the same sex, a key provision of The Defense of Marriage Act, those couples residing in Ohio should now be eligible for the same federal benefits and programs available to heterosexual married couples - tax breaks, pension rights and other benefits.

A group seeking to overturn Ohio's ban on same-sex marriage says it's aiming to put the issue before voters in 2014.

Leaders of FreedomOhio say they decided not to try for this year's ballot and to continue discussing the idea with voters and raising resources for their campaign.

They've also met with the Human Rights Campaign and other organizations to discuss the effort. Some of those groups say they haven't agreed to particular timing for a ballot effort.

Supporters and Opponents of gay marriage are watching what's happening in Washington this week, as the Supreme Court considers two cases om the subject. Bill Cohen of the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau joins Emily McCord to discuss the impact their decision could have on the state.

A fellow Cincinnati area Republican says that while he respects Sen. Rob Portman, he disagrees with Portman's new stand in support of gay marriage.

Rep. Steve Chabot spoke Monday afternoon in suburban Montgomery to some 75 constituents during the first of two town halls in his district. Chabot says he continues to support the Defense of Marriage Act, barring federal government recognition of same-sex marriage.

Portman recently announced his change in view, developed after son Will told his parents he was gay.

There might be support for legalizing marijuana and allowing gay marriage in some states but a new poll shows both issues might lose if Ohio voters weighed in right now. 

Just last week, a Quinnpiac University National poll showed support for legalizing marijuana by a margin of 51 to 44 percent.  But a new Quinnipiac University Poll of Ohioans shows the issue is tied here in the buckeye state at 47 percent. 

The state's highest court has dismissed a legal challenge to a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow gay marriage in the state.

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