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December 4, 2014

He now says that he is likely to change his judgment, which would leave the women married to one another again

A judge in Athens, Ohio, approved a couple’s divorce last week… only realizing afterwards that the couple were both women.

Currently, Ohio has a ban on same-sex marriage. This ruling becomes the state’s first same-sex divorce.

December 2, 2014

Kent State University researchers estimate hosting the 2014 Gay Games brought an additional $52 million into the city of Cleveland’s economy, and that’s just the conservative estimate

A new study of the economic impact of the city of Cleveland hosting this year’s Gay Games has suggested that the event caused an additional at least $52 million to be spent in the city during the 8 day event.

Kent State University economics professors Shawn Rohlin and Nadia Greenhalgh-Stanley authored an economic impact study into the 2014 games which asked participants about their spending during the games and found that 75% of the 20,000-plus who participated or attended the Games lived outside the Cleveland/Akron metropolitan area.

November 17, 2014

Actor plays gay character of Sonny Kiriakis on NBC's Days of our Lives

Actor Freddie Smith, who plays the gay character of Sonny Kiriakis on NBC's Days of Our Lives, has been charged with drunk driving.

The 2013 Emmy nominee was involved in a serious car crash last month in Ohio when he lost control of his car early on Route 84 in Kingsville Township.

Smith suffered minor injuries but his girlfriend, Alyssa Tabit, was critically injured and trapped in the overturned car. She and had to be airlifted to a local hospital.

She is now recovering from her injuries.

November 8, 2014

Ohio student Cole Ledford posted a defiant message to his attacker, who beat him up for kissing his boyfriend

A US student, who was beaten up for being gay, tweeted a defiant message to his attacker and instantly became a viral sensation.

Ohio student Cole Ledford, who tweets at @ColeLedford11, was beaten up for kissing his boyfriend, and was left with a painful black eye.

Yesterday (November 7), he tweeted a picture of himself and his injuries alongside a text with the words: ‘To the guy who punched me tonight for kissing my boyfriend.’

‘I'm sorry that you called me fag,’ wrote Ledford.

November 7, 2014

A 33-year-old woman is fighting for her life in hospital

A Ohio trans woman is to be discharged today after surviving a near death experience earlier this week.

On Monday, 33-year-old Candice Milligan was attacked in broad daylight in downtown Toledo by at least three men.

The men reportedly called her anti-gay trans slurs, punched her, kicked her and stole her cell phone. The assailants then fled the scene.

She was hospitalized in critical condition at Mercy St Vincent Medical Center.

Doctors performed at least two surgeries to save her life, including one to drain blood from her brain.

November 6, 2014

Decision 6th Circuit Court of Appeals opens the doors for US Supreme Court to review cases in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee

Momentum for marriage equality in the US hit a major roadblock on Thursday (6 November) when a federal appeals court upheld gay marriage bans in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

The ruling by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals applies to six cases in the four states where federal judges had struck down same-sex marriage bans.

It comes after more than 30 federal rulings since June 2013 declaring bans on gay marriage to be unconstitutional. The previous legal victories have led to same-sex marriage now being legal in 32 states.

October 7, 2014

Freddie Smith lost control of his car in Ohio - passenger in critical condition

Actor Freddie Smith, who plays Sonny Kiriakis on the NBC daytime soap Days of Our Lives, has been injured in a car accident that has left his female passenger in critical condition.

Smith was driving and Alyssa Tabit a passenger when he lost control of his car early Tuesday (7 October) on Route 84 in Kingsville Township, Ohio.

October 7, 2014

Freddie Smith lost control of his car in Ohio - passenger in critical condition

Actor Freddie Smith, who plays Sonny Kiriakis on the NBC daytime soap Days of Our Lives, has been injured in a car accident that has left his female passenger in critical condition.

Smith was driving and Alyssa Tabit a passenger when he lost control of his car early Tuesday (7 October) on Route 84 in Kingsville Township, Ohio.

October 2, 2014

It’s thought that someone at the Ohio sperm bank misread the label on the vial, resulting in the white woman receiving sperm from an African-American donor despite having requested a Caucasian sample

A white woman in Ohio is suing a sperm bank because she says staff mistakenly gave her vials of semen from an African-American donor after she had requested samples from a white man.

Jennifer Cramblett used the services of the Downers Grove-based Midwest Sperm Bank in 2011 and successfully became pregnant.

She is now raising her two-year-old mixed-race daughter with her same-sex partner, Amanda Zinkon, in Uniontown, Ohio.

September 17, 2014

Associate justice says there will only be urgency for high court if a state ban is upheld

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says the US Supreme Court won't be in a big rush to hear a gay marriage case unless the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds state marriage bans.

If that were to happen, 'there will be some urgency,' Ginsberg said during a talk at the University of Minnesota Law School on Tuesday (16 September).

The Sixth Circuit covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee and has marriage equality cases pending.

August 15, 2014

Ida Keeling, 99, has become the first ever person in the 95-99 age category to run 100 meters in an internationally certified race at the Gay Games in Cleveland this week, setting a world record

99-year-old great-great-grandmother Ida Keeling set an international sporting record at the Gay Games in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday, becoming the first person in the 95-99 category to run the 100 meters in an internationally certified race.

Keeling ran the race in 59.8 seconds, taking only 50 seconds more to complete the 100 meters dash than many professional athletes.

August 15, 2014

Ida Keeling, 99, has become the first ever person in the 95-99 age category to run 100 meters in an internationally certified race at the Gay Games in Cleveland this week, setting a world record

99-year-old great-great-grandmother Ida Keeling set an international sporting record at the Gay Games in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday, becoming the first person in the 95-99 category to run the 100 meters in an internationally certified race.

Keeling ran the race in 59.8 seconds, taking only 50 seconds more to complete the 100 meters dash than many professional athletes.

August 11, 2014

The 2010 Olympian plans to marry stylist Saul Carrasco

Speed skater Blake Skjellerup is officially off the market.

Skjellerup, who represented New Zealand in the 2010 Olympics, has announced via social media that he has become engaged to stylist Saul Carrasco.

The 29 year old is currently in Cleveland, Ohio, this week working as an official ambassador for the Gay Games which kicked off on Friday (8 August).

Skjellerup came out four months after he competed in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver where he finished 16th.

August 11, 2014

The 2010 Olympian plans to marry stylist Saul Carrasco

Speed skater Blake Skjellerup is officially off the market.

Skjellerup, who represented New Zealand in the 2010 Olympics, has announced via social media that he has become engaged to stylist Saul Carrasco.

The 29 year old is currently in Cleveland, Ohio, this week working as an official ambassador for the Gay Games which kicked off on Friday (8 August).

Skjellerup came out four months after he competed in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver where he finished 16th.

August 8, 2014

Over 11,000 LGBT and ally athletes converge on Cleveland, Ohio to compete in over 30 sport categories

Gay sport and entertainment icons will kick off the 9th Gay Games, held in Cleveland, Ohio this year.

Former pop star Lance Bass and R&B girl group Pointer Sisters will be joined by openly gay former Olympic diver Greg Louganis on 9 August to welcome thousands of athletes and supporters to what is considered one of the most inclusive sports & cultural festivals in the world.

August 6, 2014

'Your sport is what makes up who you are more than your sexuality'

Speed skater Blake Skjellerup, who represented New Zealand in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, reminds closeted athletes that they need to keep their eye on the prize until they are ready to come out.

The 29 year old came out himself four months after he competed in the Olympics and finished 16th. He is one of the official ambassadors for the Gay Games which begin on Friday (8 August) in Cleveland, Ohio.

August 6, 2014

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio will rule on cases in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee

A three-judge panel of the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati heard oral arguments Wednesday (6 August) in six cases challenges gay marriage bans in four different states.

The judges will be deciding whether to uphold rulings by various federal judges in lower courts who ruled that the marriage bans in Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio are unconstitutional.

The Court heard the Michigan case first, followed by two Ohio cases, then two Kentucky cases, and finally the Tennessee case.

Rulings are not expected for a few more weeks.

July 30, 2014

Court to hear six challenges to laws banning marriage equality in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee next week

The fight for marriage equality in the US will have a historic day next week (6 August) when a federal appeals court will hear oral arguments in six different cases from four states.

Judges for the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, located in Ohio, is considering challenges to gay marriage bans in Kentucky (two cases), Michigan, Ohio (two cases), and Tennessee.

It will mark the fourth argument heard by a federal circuit court since the US Supreme Court’s decision last summer which struck down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

July 29, 2014

Michigan state Representative Adam Zemke has introduced a bill that would protect under-18’s from being subjected to attempts to ‘cure’ their same-sex attractions and is hopeful that some Republicans will vote for it as well

Michigan Democrat Adam Zemke has put a bill before his state’s House of Representative that seeks to ban so-called ‘ex-gay’ or ‘reparative’ therapies on minors that seek to alter a person’s sexuality.

Representative Zemke hopes Michigan can join California and New Jersey in banning attempts to ‘cure’ under-18’s of their sexuality while efforts to do the same in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York state have been blocked or stalled.

July 18, 2014

Couples required to show in-state marriage license to rent atrium, rotunda, porches or plaza

It was in 2007 that Ohio opened up its Statehouse to wedding ceremonies and receptions allowing couples to rent the atrium, rotunda, porches or plaza.

This week, a 12-member panel voted to retain a policy which bans same-sex couples from taking advantage of this opportunity.

The gay couples are excluded because of a requirement that they have in-state marriage license. That is currently impossible to provide since a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was passed in 2004.

July 18, 2014

Couples required to show in-state marriage license to rent atrium, rotunda, porches or plaza

It was in 2007 that Ohio opened up its Statehouse to wedding ceremonies and receptions allowing couples to rent the atrium, rotunda, porches or plaza.

This week, a 12-member panel voted to retain a policy which bans same-sex couples from taking advantage of this opportunity.

The gay couples are excluded because of a requirement that they have in-state marriage license. That is currently impossible to provide since a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was passed in 2004.

July 11, 2014

Proud father of a gay son and marriage equality supporter, Senator Rob Portman has announced he is considering whether to put his hat in the ring to become the next Republican candidate for the presidency of the United States

Republican Senator Rob Portman, one of the most prominent supporters of marriage equality in his party, has said he is considering whether to step forward as a contender to become US president.

Portman made the comments to the Washington Post, saying he was reluctant to run but would be tempted to if he didn’t see a strong candidate that was able to win.

July 10, 2014

A lesbian couple in Ohio are hopeful that their city council will re-write its definition of ‘family’ in order to allow them and their children reduced-price access to a local swimming pool

A same-sex family in Ohio have been left stunned and disappointed after they were declined a request for a family pass for their local swimming pool.

For the past nine years, Melody Mohn and her children have made regular use of the Heise Park Pool in Galion, Ohio. This year, in an effort to save money, she applied for a family pass – to cover herself, her four children and same-sex partner, Hela Young.

July 10, 2014

A lesbian couple in Ohio are hopeful that their city council will re-write its definition of ‘family’ in order to allow them and their children reduced-price access to a local swimming pool

A same-sex family in Ohio have been left stunned and disappointed after they were declined a request for a family pass for their local swimming pool.

For the past nine years, Melody Mohn and her children have made regular use of the Heise Park Pool in Galion, Ohio. This year, in an effort to save money, she applied for a family pass – to cover herself, her four children and same-sex partner, Hela Young.