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US: Lawsuit challenges constitutionality of Ohio’s equal marriage ban

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  1. This story is heart-wrenching. And it seemed obvious that this would spearhead a move to abrogate this awful amendment that we have lived under for nearly a decade. Kasich will just have to suck this one up. His time is running short anyway; I think even the idiots of this state have realized that he is a do-nothing fat cat.

  2. Ohio has had the most oppressive anti-gay stance of all the Midwestern states. But even the hardest hearts can change, i.e. Rob Portman and his gay son. Dan Savage has repeatedly credited the advances made in the U.S. and elsewhere to the greater visibility of LGBTs, and to our assuming positions of leadership in our communities. Here he is on Bill Maher’s program, as outspoken as ever:
    http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2013/07/dan-savage-on-bill-maher.html#disqus_thread

  3. Ohio is one of those ‘keystone’ states that are vital to building momentum to nationwide legalisation.

    It’s very much the same in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Nevada. These jurisdictions are very winnable, either by vote or by ruling.

    Here’s hoping the dominoes fall the right way.

  4. Christopher in Canada 20 Jul 2013, 10:36pm

    Meanwhile, right across Lake Erie, immediately north of Ohio, gay Ontarians are getting married and have been for a decade.

    Talk about xenophobia. Or navel-gazing – take your pick!

    1. How does being smarmy about your country contribute to this conversation? Really? And here we had this bewildering stereotype that Canadians were overly polite. Thanks for dispelling that.

    2. What does this even mean Christopher? Where are you seeing xenophobia in the article or the comments?

      1. Christopher in Canada 22 Jul 2013, 1:14pm

        Smarmy? Really? People right next door can not see what is going on beside them. It reeks of NIMBY, even though Ontario IS their back yard. It’s astounding that a group can be willfully, obstinately blind as to think that an idea or concept can stop at a political border. Need I continue? Or are you both that dense?

  5. The governor’s refusal to say or do anything to be supportive of that couple in these tragic circumstances tells you everything you need to know about today’s Republican Party. The Dwight Eisenhower wing of the Republican Party is dead, dead and gone.

  6. Robert in S. Kensington 21 Jul 2013, 3:48pm

    It’s such a pity the Supreme Court didn’t remove sections 1 and 2 of DOMA. It just didn’t go far enough in my view. Even though section 3 was struck down, gay married couples in thirteen states still don’t have any portability if they moved to a state where there is no SSM recognition. Not acceptable in my view. Let’s hope increased lobbying at the state level has a significant impact in making it happen.

    This makes me more than grateful that our imperfect Marriage Bill in the UK grants all gay couples the right to marry, in spite of the carping by some regarding issues (mainly pensions) which will be addressed in the coming months.

    1. It is not a matter of “if” but “when” married gay couples move to another state. People retire to Florida in droves. And not only that, if a married gay couple from Massachusetts vacations at Disney World, and one of them gets hurt, the hospital can legally bar the spouse. The Ohio lawsuit is about rightfully forcing one state to legally recognize an out-of-state marriage regarding of the sex of the two parties. It is still a two class system; straights do not undergo this automatic dissolution of their marriage when entering another state.

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