same-sex marriage

Ohio State University is considering whether to require employees and their same-sex partners to be married in order to receive domestic partner benefits starting in 2019.

State officials say Ohio Department of Health director Rick Hodges is leaving that job to pursue unspecified "opportunities."

A Republican State Representative has made a procedural move that could force a vote this fall on a bill to allow Ohio churches and pastors to refuse to perform same-sex marriages.

A federal judge has approved 1.3 million dollars in state payments to the law firm that handled the challenges of Ohio's same-sex marriage ban.

Toledo Blade

  An Ohio judicial board has ruled that judges who perform weddings can't refuse same-sex couples based on personal, moral or religious beliefs.

A last minute surge in the polls put Governor John Kasich on the primetime stage for the nation's first Republican presidential debate of the 2016 campaign season last night in Cleveland.

Cleveland city employees with domestic partners are now expected to marry if they want to continue receiving municipal benefits.

An Athens County woman whose request for a same-sex divorce in Ohio was accidentally granted and then denied by a judge has again filed for divorce in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

Same-sex couples in Ohio may hold their weddings in the Statehouse, file their state taxes jointly and list their spouses on death certificates.  

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman performed several same-sex weddings in a ceremony Saturday outside city hall to celebrate this month's landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

After a Toledo municipal court judge refused to perform a same-sex wedding this week, the presiding judge says she will now perform all marriages in her courtroom.

Toledo Blade

An Toledo Municipal Court judge who refused to marry a same-sex couple says he wants to know if he can opt out of performing such unions.  

Many counties around the state are already issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples following the Supreme Court’s historic ruling. 

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.

The US Supreme Court is preparing to rule on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage at a time when public opinion on this topic is rapidly changing.

Final preparations are underway for the annual Columbus Pride Festival.

A central Ohio conservative says he plans to challenge Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio in the primary next year.

Activists who don't want the Republican Party's 2016 platform to oppose same-sex marriage will promote their effort in Ohio.

Cincinnati has become the seventh city in the state to take a stand supporting marriage equality.  

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments over same-sex marriage in Ohio and a few other states on April 28.

Some Ohio Same-Sex Couples Heading To Indiana To Wed

Jan 5, 2015

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.  

Columbus City Council last night voted to oppose renewing the annual liquor licenses of 26 bars and carryouts due to underage sales and criminal activity.

Portman Will Not Run For President

Dec 2, 2014

Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio says he will not run for president in 2016.

Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble says it supports same-sex marriage.

SUPCO Justice Talks Same-Sex Marriage, JobsOhio

Nov 14, 2014

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Paul Pfeifer says language on same-sex marriage, pro or con, does not belong in the state Constitution.

Court Ruling On Marriage Bans Could Push Issue To US Supreme Court

Nov 6, 2014

A federal appeals court in Cincinnati has upheld anti-gay marriage laws in four states, breaking ranks with other courts that have considered the issue and setting up the prospect of Supreme Court review.

State of Ohio

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.


Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he’ll continue to fight for the state's same-sex marriage ban even if a federal appeals court strikes it down.

Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Ohio Still Under Challenge

Oct 6, 2014

The US Supreme Court's has rejected appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriage.

No Word On When Court Will Issue Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Aug 7, 2014

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati heard arguments yesterday on whether to overturn same-sex marriage bans in Ohio and three other states.