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.
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.
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.
Arguments in Cincinnati will focus on the rights of same-sex couples to adopt children, have their names placed on a partner's death certificate, and have their legal marriages recognized in their home states.
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.
The rapid shift in attitudes toward same-sex marriage in the United States has been one of the most dramatic cultural transformations in recent memory. But with these changes have come many questions and tensions. Is the focus on the politics of marriage limiting to broader rights movement?