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The two men whose names are on the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage are urging the U.S. Senate to reject the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the nation’s highest court.

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Pope Francis has called for legislation to protect same-sex couples, according to comments he made in a new documentary that mark a break from Catholic doctrine.

"Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They are children of God and have a right to a family," the pope said in an interview in the documentary Francesco, which premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival. "What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered."

On the fifth anniversary of the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage across the country, LGBTQ activists are marking the victory online.

On June 26, 2015 celebrations took place on the steps of the Supreme Court with lots of hugging and cheering. This year celebrations are more subdued and virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The United Methodist Church announced a proposal Friday to split the denomination over what it called "fundamental differences" regarding its beliefs on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy.

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The Ohio House passed the controversial so-called "Pastor Protection" Act  on Wednesday. 

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Final preparations are underway for the annual Columbus Pride Festival. 

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

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

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

SUPCO Justice Talks Same-Sex Marriage, JobsOhio

Nov 14, 2014
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Ohio Supreme Court Justice Paul Pfeifer says language on same-sex marriage, pro or con, does not belong in the state Constitution.

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