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LGBT Group Faces Tolerance, If Not Always Acceptance, At Catholic University of Dayton

Jan 6, 2014

Each semester, the WYSO News Department mentors journalism classes at Miami University and features the best story from each term on our website.

A group that is trying to put a ballot issue before voters next fall to allow them to overturn the state’s ban on gay marriage says a new poll shows most Ohioans will vote to pass it, but critics are not so sure that poll is accurate.

When Ian James of Freedom to Marry commissioned a recent poll, he had pollsters ask specific questions about the amendment his group wants to put on the ballot.  And he says the numbers in this poll show a majority of Ohioans are ready to pass the amendment his group is backing.

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The U.S. Senate passed a bill Thursday that bans workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) joined a handful of Republicans in the Senate to support the measure.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, would prohibit employers from hiring, firing or promotion practices based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Portman joined the Democratic majority to back the bill, but only after his amendment was added that exempted religious employers from ENDA.

A federal judge who recently ordered the out-of-state marriages of two gay couples to be recognized in Ohio has infuriated some conservatives who say he should be impeached.

Judge Timothy Seymour Black's ruling in favor of the two couples comes despite a statewide constitutional ban on gay marriage.

The two couples, each struggling with the death, sued state authorities to have their marriages recognized on death certificates.

A lawsuit seeking to have the marriages of two gay couples recognized on death certificates has been expanded to include all similarly situated couples in Ohio, despite a statewide gay marriage ban.

Attorneys are asking a federal judge to require Ohio's health department to order all funeral directors and coroners in the state to list gay clients as married if they were legally wed in other states.

Judge Timothy Black approved a request to expand the lawsuit Wednesday.

A judge has ordered that a recently deceased Ohio man be listed on his death certificate as married and his husband must be listed as his spouse despite Ohio's gay marriage ban.

Judge Timothy Black's order Tuesday came just hours after attorneys asked him to rule quickly so that 54-year-old William Herbert Ives is listed as married on his death certificate before being cremated on Wednesday.

Ives and David Michener had been together for 18 years and have three adopted children. They married in Delaware on July 22, but Ives died unexpectedly a week ago.

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

David Margolick remembers the first time that he heard the name of John Horne Burns. Margolick was attending a boarding school when he heard about a book that had been banned from this prep school. Burns had written a scathing book, a novel, that was a thinly disguised critique of that school. Margolick was intrigued.

Miami University Makes Strides Toward Acceptance of Gay Students

Jun 25, 2013

Students and alumni say that Miami University has created a climate of acceptance for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer students, despite the school’s longstanding conservative reputation and location in a deeply conservative part of the state.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for June 23, 2013 including the following stories:

- Clark County Townships Oppose Recreational Designation for Mad River, by Wayne Baker

- Jerry Kenney speaks with Mike McKinney of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services about recent veterans issues in the news.

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