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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.

Office of Governor John Kasich

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.

Ohio gay same-sex marriage equality
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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. 

The Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage and LGBTQ Rights

Jul 26, 2014

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?

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