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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.

States cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions, the Supreme Court says in a ruling that for months has been the focus of speculation. The decision was 5-4.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen as a pivotal swing vote in the case, wrote the majority opinion. All four justices who voted against the ruling wrote their own dissenting opinions: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

LGBT Center Dayton

Starting Friday, June 5th, the Dayton LGBT Center and other groups will host a series of events during the city's annual gay pride celebration. The events will continue through Sunday.  In this interview with WYSO's Jerry Kenney, LGBT Center board member RJ McKay gives details on each event and talks about how the event continues to grow in Dayton each year.

Bill Would Help Smaller Cities Enforce LGBT Anti-Discrimination Laws

May 19, 2015

A state lawmaker wants a state panel to help municipalities crack down on sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination. 

More and more local government entities are considering LGBT-friendly policies such as adding sexual orientation or gender identity to the list of protected classes. 

State Rep. Michael Stinziano of Columbus says he’s proposing a bill that would enlist the Ohio Civil Rights Commission to help the small municipalities that don’t have the resources to enforce these rules. 

Outlook Ohio Magazine is producing a series of LGBT Wedding Expos across Ohio.  The first one comes to Dayton on Sunday, April 26th.  

Outlook President and CEO, Chris Hayes, says more than fifty vendors will be on hand at the expo, which he calls a “safe space for the community and an excellent opportunity for vendors to tap into a lucrative, emerging market.” 

Have A Gay Day, Inc.

A Dayton non-profit has launched a billboard campaign highlighting issues like LGBT homelessness and suicide.

The group, Have A Gay Day, Inc., says they have put up 13 billboard ads south of Dayton that feature slogans like “Hate is Not Holy” and “Adoption Should be Based on What’s in Your Heart.”

Founder and Executive Director Michael Knote says the ads are a simple way to bring up LGBT issues that don’t always get talked about.   

The Human Rights Campaign marches at Columbus gay pride in 2007.
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Following the Supreme Court’s announcement that it will weigh in on the issue of gay marriage, the group Why Marriage Matters Ohio (WMMO) issued a statement hailing the decision.   

Same-Sex Couples From Ohio Travel To Indiana To Marry

Jan 5, 2015
The Human Rights Campaign marches at Columbus gay pride in 2007.
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An eastern Indiana county that abuts Ohio issued more than half of its marriage licenses for same-sex couples last year to gay and lesbian couples from Ohio.
 

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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