Same-Sex Marriage

CINCINNATI (AP) — The state has agreed to pay $1.3 million in attorneys' fees and expenses to the law firm that handled the challenges of Ohio's gay marriage ban.


Cincinnati federal judge Timothy Black approved an agreement Monday between the Ohio Department of Health and Cincinnati law firm Gerhardstein and Branch Co.


The firm sued to force Ohio to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples married in other states and to force the Health Department to recognize gay marriages on death certificates.

A panel that advises judges in Ohio is warning them that they can’t refuse to marry same-sex couples.

The Board of Professional Conduct of the Supreme Court of Ohio is telling judges who perform civil marriage ceremonies that they can’t ethically refuse same-sex couples who want to marry, and that they also can’t decline to perform all marriage ceremonies to avoid the issue. 

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More than 50 people attended a rally organized by gay rights activists in downtown Springfield Wednesday night, to protest what they claim is unfair treatment by a probate judge.

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples can legally marry, Clark County Probate Court Judge Richard Carey refused to affix his name on same-sex marriage licenses - citing his religious beliefs.

Rick Incorvati, of Equality Springfield, organized the rally. He says he thinks Judge Carey's action promotes discrimination.

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.

Lawmakers scrapped Gov. Kasich's proposal that would have given schools less money.
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The first piece of legislation related to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the right of same-sex couples to marry is making the rounds at the Ohio Statehouse.

It’s called the “Pastor Protection Act,” to ensure that clergy members aren’t forced to perform ceremonies that go against their religious beliefs. Sponsoring State Rep. Nino Vitale (R-Urbana) says it will help supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage get along.

Ohio's Amish County Reacts To Marriage Ruling By Supreme Court

Jun 30, 2015
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Back in 2004, a majority of voters in all but one county in Ohio passed a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. But some were far more adamant than others. In largely rural, heavily Amish Holmes County, the amendment passed by better than three-to-one, which was one of the widest margins in the state. Some weren't happy with last week's ruling by the Supreme Court allowing same-sex marriage. 

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Same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states after the U.S. Supreme Court released its 5-4 ruling today. The decision was prompted by lawsuits in several states challenging bans on same sex marriage.

Rich Incorvati with Equality Springfield says it’s a big deal, especially for LGBT communities in Ohio.

Judy Lambright (left) and Danielle Van Brackel (right) were among the first couples in Montgomery County to get a marriage license following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Friday.
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The U.S. Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Justice Anthony Kennedy read the majority opinion at 10 a.m. About a half hour later, Judy Lambright and Danielle Van Brackel were sitting in chairs at the courthouse filling out the paperwork for a marriage license.

Danielle was at home, nursing a cold, when Judy called her with the good news.

“And she just was bursting over the phone, crying,” Danielle said.
“I said, ‘I can’t believe it! I can’t believe they ruled,’” Judy said.

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.

Obergefell Optimistic About Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Jun 22, 2015

The U.S Supreme Court could soon release a decision that could result in one of the biggest steps toward LGBT rights in American history.

Jim Obergefell of Cincinnati married John Arthur, his partner of 20 years, before Arthur passed away in 2013. Obergefell is fighting to have his name listed on the death certificate of his partner of more than 20 years. He says being so close to a final ruling has caused nerves to set in.