Cincinnati is at the center of a historic battle over same-sex marriage in more ways than one
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
A series of cases to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court
involving Ohio and three other states could be the
definitive national moment for same sex marriage. Cincinnati is at the epicenter of that moment in more ways than one.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 1, 2015
As LGBT rights issues around the Tristate continue to make national
headlines, Cincinnati City Council passed a resolution March 25
supporting marriage equality in the state of Ohio.
by Nick Swartsell
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Ruling will decide the fate of same-sex marriage in Ohio and three other states
The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled a hearing that will decide the fate of same-sex marriage bans in Ohio and three other states. On April 28, the court will hear arguments over whether same-sex marriage bans in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee violate the equal protection clause of the Constitution. Ohio’s ban passed as an amendment to the state’s constitution in 2004. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and other ban supporters say upholding the ban is about protecting voters’ rights to enact laws via the democratic process. But opponents equate same-sex marriage to now-protected civil rights such as provisions upholding voting rights and school integration that had to be upheld by decisions from the courts. They also cite more recent polls that show attitudes toward same-sex marriage are shifting.Last year, a three-judge panel in the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court in Cincinnati upheld the bans in the four states in a 2-1 decision, agreeing with DeWine’s argument. But there are signs the Supreme Court may not agree.Other circuit courts across the country have thrown out similar bans. And in June 2014, the nation’s highest court struck down a 1996 federal law that effectively banned same-sex marriage in a narrow 5-4 decision. The five justices opposed to the federal bans included reliably liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer as well as moderate Justice Anthony Kennedy, who many legal experts believe represents the crucial vote for matters pitting liberals against conservatives on the court. All five justices who voted to strike down the federal ban remain on the court, though some have joined its more conservative wing in upholding other bans, most notably California’s 2008 ban.Among the four cases to be presented in arguments over Ohio’s ban is a lawsuit against the state by James Obergefell of Cincinnati. Obergefell sought to be listed as the spouse of his terminally-ill longtime partner John Arthur on Arthur’s death certificate. The state refused to allow that, even though the two were legally married in another state. Arthur died in October 2013. After oral arguments, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the cases sometime in June.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Jan. 16
that it will hear arguments about gay marriage bans in Ohio and three
other states this spring, lining up what could be a precedent-setting
legal battle over the bans.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Germany’s Der Spiegel reported
today that during 2011 German police shot only 85 bullets, and most
weren’t even aimed at humans. Out of 85 bullets fired, 49 were warning
shots. These numbers make it seem like it might be possible to greatly
reduce the number of times per year in this country a person gets shot
to death by the police in a situation where it seems like other
resolutions could have been reached.