by Nick Swartsell
84 days ago
Ruling preserves bans in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, and Tennessee; will likely to go Supreme Court
The Cincinnati-based 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals yesterday upheld laws banning same-sex marriage in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee. The 2-1 decision covers six cases in those four states brought by a total of 16 couples. Among them are Cincinnati residents Brittani Henry-Rogers and Brittni Rogers, who are fighting so both can be listed as parents on their son’s birth certificate. James Obergefell of Cincinnati is also involved, asking courts for the right to be listed on his husband Jim Arthur’s death certificate. Earlier, a lower district court found in their favor.“We just want to be treated as a family, because we are a family,” Henry-Rogers said in an August interview after the 6th Circuit hearings.Justices Deborah Cook and Jeffery Sutton ruled that the debate over same-sex marriage is best decided by voters, not by the court. Justice Martha Daughtrey dissented.“When the courts do not let the people resolve new social issues like this one, they perpetuate the idea that the heroes in these change events are judges and lawyers,” Sutton wrote in the majority opinion. “Better in this instance, we think, to allow change through the customary political processes, in which the people, gay and straight alike, become the heroes of their own stories by meeting each other not as adversaries in a court system but as fellow citizens seeking to resolve a new social issue in a fair-minded way." The case is a somewhat surprising setback for same-sex marriage advocates, who had been on a winning streak in federal courts. The 4th, 7th, 9th and 10th Circuit Courts have previously struck down laws in a number of states banning same-sex marriage. Gay marriage is now legal in 32 states and the District of Columbia. "This decision is an outlier that’s incompatible with the 50 other rulings that uphold fairness for all families, as well as with the Supreme Court’s decision to let marriage equality rulings stand in Indiana, Wisconsin, Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia,” said American Civil Liberties Union attorney Chase Strangio in a statement yesterday. “It is shameful and wrong that John Arthur’s death certificate may have to be revised to list him as single and erase his husband’s name as his surviving spouse.”Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine represented the state in the case. His office said in a statement it was "pleased the court agreed with our arguments that important issues such
as these should be determined through the democratic process."The decision leaves intact Ohio’s 2004 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, at least for now. That’s created a split in federal court rulings among various circuit courts, something the Supreme Court will most likely have to sort out. Some legal experts think the Supreme Court will ultimately find same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment. The court has refused to hear appeals to lower court decisions striking down bans, leading many to think a majority of the court supports legalization. Strangio said the ACLU will be filing for Supreme Court consideration. Attorney Al Gerhardstein, who represents the Ohio couples, has said he will be working to bring the case to the nation's highest court as well. Other advocacy organizations have also vowed to continue the fight.“Now, more than ever before, the Supreme Court of the United States must take up the issue and decide once and for all whether the Constitution allows for such blatant discrimination,” said Human Rights Coalition President Chad Griffin. “We believe that justice and equality will prevail.”
0 Comments · Tuesday, September 9, 2014
"Golden week,” the five-day period in
which Ohio residents can simultaneously register and vote, will be
restored under a ruling a federal judge made Sept. 4.
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says
the Justice Department plans to join a lawsuit against the state of Ohio
seeking to restore early voting in the state.
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Both Gov. John Kasich and gubernatorial
hopeful Ed FitzGerald are fighting lawsuits over records related to
scheduling and security. And while the press and opposing political
parties push for disclosure, both are fighting to keep those records
David Pepper targets Mike DeWine’s conservative political leanings in his race for Ohio’s top prosecutor
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Forty-two-year-old Democrat David Pepper
has already served two terms as a Cincinnati City Councilman and a term
as Hamilton County Commissioner. Now he wants to be Ohio’s attorney
general, and he’s hitting Republican incumbent Mike DeWine on multiple
fronts to try and unseat him.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The race for Ohio attorney general is heating up, and Democratic candidate David Pepper last week slammed his opponent,
current Attorney General Mike DeWine, over Ohio’s lag in testing rape
kits, which are samples collected when a rape is reported.
by Rachel Podnar
Gubernatorial candidate follows former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' appearance last year
Ohio Democrat gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald is coming to Northside for the
Fourth of July Parade.
will walk in the parade, but will not hold a speaking event. The parade will be
his only public appearance while he is in Cincinnati.
knows it’s a great celebration for the 4th of July and he enjoys the
Cincinnati area,” campaign press secretary Lauren Hitt says. “He’s excited to get out and see some folks there.”
Cuyahoga County executive and democratic nominee will face incumbent Republican
Gov. John Kasich this November. FitzGerald recently signed on for five
debates — Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Sandusky and Zanesville — against Kasich.
past weekend FitzGerald walked in the Columbus Pride Parade, in line with his
support of same-sex marriage.
year, Gabrielle Gifford’s appeared in Northside’s annual community parade and held a rally on gun
control before the parade.
of parade committee Ollie Kroner said the parade organizers typically invite city
politicians, but FitzGerald reached out to the parade.
just think the parade has a reputation beyond our side and beyond the city,”
Kroner says. “When politicians want to come and get a taste for local flair the
parade is a great venue for that.”
parade will take place at noon on July 4 and travel south on Hamilton Avenue
through the Northside business district. It is part of the three-day Northside Rock
n’ Roll Carnival.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 18, 2014
A federal court handed down a big victory
for voting rights advocates June 11 when it ruled that Ohio must
maintain three days of early voting previously eliminated by Ohio
Secretary of State John Husted. U.S. District Court Judge Peter Economus
ruled that the state must provide voting the Saturday, Sunday and
Monday before election day.
0 Comments · Tuesday, April 15, 2014
There is a chasm between the law, love,
marriage and homosexuality in America, but they keep bumping into one
another like they’re on the prowl in a gay bar: doing that Stranger
Tango — checking one another out from a distance until one makes The
0 Comments · Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Ohio scored fifth-worst in a nationwide
government transparency survey conducted by a national consumer group
focused on investigating and advocating for American citizens against
powerful interest groups.