Tag Archives: Ohio

OHIO: Judge Orders State To Recognize Marriage Of Terminally Ill Gay Man

Chris Geidner has the breaking news at Buzzfeed: A federal judge in Ohio ordered state officials Monday to recognize the marriage of two men that was performed in Maryland on the death certificate of an Ohio resident in hospice care who the judge says “is certain to die soon.” “The end result here and now is that the local Ohio …

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Linda Harvey Went To Columbus Pride

“I attended a recent ‘gay pride’ parade in Columbus. I’d been to one a few years earlier, and the bad news is that the event has grown much, much larger. Corporate support is everywhere. Macy’s, J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America, JC Penney, Chipotle, Frito-Lay, and many others. Local Ohio banks, Fifth-Third and Huntington. American Family Insurance. All had sizeable …

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NYT Ponders Legacy Of Ken Mehlman

The New York Times is wondering what Ken Mehlman’s legacy will be regarding LGBT rights. Mr. Mehlman, 46, remains the hyper-intense, guarded strategist he was in his Bush days, with the same habit of looking past people instead of meeting their eyes. He shuns most interviews and still deflects personal questions, as he did back when rumors about his sexuality …

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: We’re counting down the days to a Supreme Court ruling on Prop 8. Marriage may go to voters in Ohio, but there’s some dispute over timing. New polls show ongoing progress in California and across the nation. And New Mexico’s Attorney General addresses the challenges to the state’s marriage ban.

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Ohio Activists: We Will Place Marriage Equality On The 2014 Ballot
UPDATE: NAT’L GROUPS DENY 2014 PLAN

Via press release from FreedomOhio: “We have decided to be on the ballot in 2014 to allow for a continuing dialogue with voters across Ohio about why marriage matters. We will continue to build upon the hundreds of thousands of conversations we’ve had already, to identify supportive voters, and to raise the resources necessary to mobilize a full-on campaign.” “We …

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Ohio Democrats Launch Marriage Bid

Yesterday the Ohio Democratic Party launched a fundraising pitch to repeal that state’s ban on same-sex marriage: “This week Delaware became the 11th state in the nation to recognize marriage equality. Isn’t it time that we make Ohio the 12th state to recognize marriage equality? Chip in today to help us mobilize our efforts to promote marriage equality.” On Top …

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Charles Ramsey: Auto-Tuned

Before watching, you might want to check out Slate’s dissection of the “troubling viral trend of the ‘hilarious’ black neighbor.”  Discussed there are Ramsey, Sweet Brown, and Antoine Dodson.

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Free Big Macs For Life?

Ramsey was eating McDonald’s take-out at home when he heard the screaming from a nearby house.

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Headline Of The Day

Whoa.

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: “Marriage equality continues to spread, with major milestones this week that span from the Great Lakes region to the Mid-Atlantic. Plus, New Zealand becomes the 13th country to legalize the freedom to marry, and international progress continues from Colombia to Vietnam.”

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OHIO: Diocese Of Columbus High School Fires Teacher After Learning She’s Gay From Her Mother’s Obituary

A Catholic school in Ohio has fired a teacher after an anonymous person sent the school a copy of the obituary for the teacher’s mother. The obituary mentioned the teacher’s same-sex partner. When Carla Hale, 57, received her termination letter from Bishop Watterson Principal Marian Hutson, Hale said she was in, “total shock. Like your legs had just been cut …

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OHIO: 54% Want Marriage Ban Repealed

A just-released poll shows that 54% of Ohioans now want the 2004 ban on same-sex marriage to be repealed.   A new Saperstein Poll for The Dispatch shows that 54 percent back a proposed new amendment to repeal the 2004 measure and “allow two consenting adults to marry, regardless of their gender.” Just 40 percent oppose the proposal, which also would …

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Press Release Of The Day

This just in… Muslims for Progressive Values, a national organization, has endorsed the Freedom to Marry and Religious Freedom Amendment in Ohio that would end marriage discrimination while protecting the freedom of religious institutions to choose to perform and recognize same-gender marriages or not.  Ani Zonneveld, Muslims for Progressive Values President and co-founder, said her organization strongly supports LGBT rights. …

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OHIO: Catholic Church Fires Principal Over Blog Post Supporting Gay Marriage

“On Monday, February 4, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati gave me an ultimatum after I expressed my personal opinion in support of freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples. I was asked to resign as assistant principal at Purcell Marian High School, or keep my job until June by signing documents recanting my statements. I was given this ultimatum after …

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Firing Of Anti-Gay College HR Director

The Sixth Federal Court of Appeals has upheld the firing of former University of Toledo human resources director Crystal Dixon, who was canned in 2008 after a local newspaper published her op-ed column in which she denounced LGBT rights and promoted the “ex-gay” movement. In a ruling handed down on Monday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals …

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OHIO: Family Of GOP Anti-Gay Senate Candidate Takes Out Ad Against Him

The family of Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, who is running for the Senate against Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown, has placed a newspaper ad denouncing Mandel for his anti-gay positions. An excerpt from their ad: Your cousins, Ellen Ratner and Cholene Espinoza, are among the many wonderful couples whose rights you do not recognize. They were married almost eight years ago …

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Chase Whiteside Talks To Romney Fans

(Tipped by JMG reader Beeblemeyer)

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OHIO: Romney Campaign Slammed For “Disaster Relief” Donation Stunt

Web wonks are mocking the Romney campaign’s transparent attempt to capitalize on the hurricane disaster. Buzzfeed’s McKay Coppins reports from Ohio: The plan was for supporters to bring hurricane relief supplies to the event, and then deliver the bags of canned goods, packages of diapers, and cases of water bottles to the candidate, who would be perched behind a table …

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OHIO: Springsteen Campaigns For Obama

With an introduction from Bill Clinton!

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Supreme Court Shoots Down GOP Plot To Thwart Early Voting In Ohio

Great news. The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied Ohio’s request to curtail early voting in the state leading up to the November 6 presidential election. Ohio, critical to the election hopes of Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, began early in-person voting earlier this month but planned to cut it off on November 2, the Friday before …

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