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Gay couples celebrate ‘illegal mass wedding’ in Ohio over the weekend

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  1. Let’s hope the state legislature takes note of this. Good luck to all in Ohio and all other US states fighting for equality

  2. Jock S. Trap 26 Mar 2012, 12:34pm

    Excellent this is the kind of thing we need here in the UK to raise awareness of the marriage Equality and to promote it.

  3. Reubs Walsh 26 Mar 2012, 12:56pm

    Reminds me of the Lambeth eleven, the first women to be ordained were breaking denominational regulations. I agree with Jock. If I were considering marriage and the rules on religious content hadn’t changed I’d break the law because that’s for me the whole point of marriage! Part of me hopes I’ll be getting married while it’s still an issue but since it’s so far off I don’t because that would suggest that I don’t want marriage equality, true marriage equality, under law and legally under God (rather than the current legislation which seems to ban God from turning up to a wedding; not *ahem enforceable, what with God being omnipotent and that!

    1. Don Harrisoin 26 Mar 2012, 4:52pm

      Good point Reubs

  4. Brilliant idea Jock- maybe a mass public gay wedding could be used as publicity to gain more votes on our equal marriage petition!

    1. Don Harrisoin 26 Mar 2012, 4:54pm

      I do not know anybody who would want to marry me

      1. Well, keep looking man, if it’s important to you!

  5. If there was a gay pride flag flying alongside the US one, does that mean someone at City Hall was giving tacit official support to the compaign?

  6. To our British cousins: You have no clue how incredibly insane Gay marriage laws are here. Imagine every UK county had its own laws about age, Gay marriage and if they recognize another county. Every state has its own laws and limitations.
    Now, add that to the equally insane and inconsistent age-of-consent laws and it is shear madness. “But wait, there’s more!” Age of consent laws can vary if you are straight or gay, married or not, and what defines “sex”.
    More insanity? Yes. Many states do not recognize another state’s (definitely not any other country’s) Gay marriage. A legally married Gay 16 y.o. couple from France could, both, be arrested for felony child sexual abuse in California, forced to testify against each other, serve over 10 years in prison with no legal right to contact each other. Just traveling within the US is nearly impossible for a Gay couple.

  7. I’ve been thinking about living in Cleveland (yes I want to live lots of places) so I hope especially that someday Ohio, alongside the entire US, will have full LGB equality.

    1. David Waite 26 Mar 2012, 4:12pm

      Ohio will only have full LGBT equality when the U.S. Supreme Court mandates it for the entire country. In the meantime, as accepting as Cleveland has always been compared to the State of Ohio as a whole, Columbus is currently better for LGBT Ohioans. Hurts to say that; I’m a Clevelander. I left Cleveland in 1965 to go to a city (NYC) where my sexual orientation was secondary to my talent. I only returned to Cleveland 20 years later at the urgent request of my entire family. I’m still sorry I left NYC, but I’m too old and ill to move back.

  8. This is brilliant…wishing them loads of luck on this!!!

  9. That’s the way to do it, stand up and fight for your rights to be free to marry everywhere, it is a human right for two people who love each other to be together.

  10. Iowa has gay marriage as well. Yay, Mid-West!!

  11. Newsround loves biggest-ever-type and world record stories. Don’t see them covering this one though

  12. Nice article about a great idea, but I don’t see why a photo of the 2007 wedding of lesbian politician Kanako Otsuji (left on the photo) in Nagoya is relevant, maybe apart from that it was also an ‘illegal’ wedding. Weren’t there pictures taken at the event that could be used?
    (more about her:

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