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April 14, 2014

It is 10th consecutive ruling by a federal judge invalidating state bans since US Supreme Court ruling on Doma last June

A federal judge in Ohio officially issued a ruling today declaring Ohio's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

Judge Timothy Black gave advance notice last week of his intentions in order to give the state time to prepare its appeal. He also placed a stay on his ruling pending appeals meaning same-sex marriages cannot yet begin in the state.

Still, it marks the 10th consecutive ruling invalidating such a ban since the US Supreme Court gutted key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act last June.

April 8, 2014

Rep John Becker wants federal judge Timothy Black impeached

Ohio State Representative John Becker wants a federal judge impeached for planning to declare the state's ban on recognizing out of state marriages of same-sex couples unconstitutional.

Becker said in a statement Tuesday (8 April): 'In an epic display of arrogance and incompetence, Judge (Timothy) Black announced that he will require the people of Ohio to disregard the Ohio Constitution and force the recognition of "homosexual marriages" performed outside of Ohio. He persists in allowing his personal political bias to supersede jurisprudence.'

April 4, 2014

Ruling in case involving birth certificates of children will recognize same-sex marriages from other states

A federal judge in Ohio has announced that he plans to declare the state's ban on recognizing out of state marriages of same-sex couples unconstitutional.

Judge Timothy Black made a statement giving notice that he will issue his ruling on 14 April - the advance notice is to give the state time to be ready with an appeal.

The ruling comes in a case that has four married same-sex couples seeking an order that would require the State to place the names of both parents on the birth certificates of their children.

March 20, 2014

The Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati has asked its Catholic school teachers to sign draconian work contracts that would see them fired for publicly supporting gay rights or even being in a non-married heterosexual relationship

Catholic school teachers in the Ohio Archdiocese Cincinnati are being required to sign strict work contracts that could see them fired for any diversion from the Catholic Church’s moral code – including publicly supporting gay rights or even being in a non-married opposite-sex relationship.

Under the 2014-2015 contract for teachers in the 94 schools supervised by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati employees will be banned from ‘from any conduct or lifestyle which would reflect discredit on or cause scandal to the school or be in contradiction to Catholic doctrine or morals.’

March 14, 2014

The couples moved to Tennesee after legally marrying in other states - filed federal lawsuit last October

A federal judge in Nashville ruled on Friday (14 March) that Tennessee must recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while their lawsuit against the state's gay marriage ban is pending.

The three couples were legally married in other states before moving to Tennessee.

They filed suit last October claiming the ban violates the federal Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process and the constitutionally protected right to travel between and move to other states.

March 13, 2014

‘Ex-gay’ author and professor Robert Oscar Lopez has likened gay couples using surrogates to birth their children to the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and says they are either buys or stealing their children despite the surrogate mothers not being related to the babies

California State University English professor and ‘ex-gay’ Robert Oscar Lopez has compared surrogate mothers birthing children for gay men to slavery in an article published Tuesday on AmericanThinker.com.

March 7, 2014

From boxing to poker, these lesbian, bisexual and transgender women are making a name for themselves not only as out athletes but by dominating in their sport

To celebrate International Women’s Day tomorrow (8 March) we are going to take a moment to appreciate the achievements of seven incredible LGBTI sportswomen.

From Hollywood to the Olympics, a public figure’s sexuality has made headlines and broken careers. Arguably the 21st century has seen some progress, but there is certainly a long way to go.

We look at seven athletes who in one fell swoop are blazing trails both for women in sport and LGBTI athletes.

February 20, 2014

Citing recent success in federal courts in other US states, they want ban immediately declared unconstitutional

Feeling the momentum from judicial victories in other states, the four couples suing to overturn Idaho's ban on gay marriage are trying to move their case along a little faster.

The couples filed a motion late Tuesday (18 February) asking a federal court in Boise to issue a decision without a trial. They claim the ban violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the US Constitution.

The motion is scheduled to be heard by Chief US Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale on 5 May 5 in Boise.

January 17, 2014

John Arthur died in October a married man.

But the state of Ohio this week has filed a notice of appeal to a federal ruling that resulted in Arthur's death certificate recognizing that he was married to Jim Obergefell.

The couple went to great lengths to get married in July because Arthur was dying from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

They were forced to raise $12,700 to charter a private plane and get married in Maryland where same-sex marriage is legal. Their seven-minute ceremony took place on an airport tarmac.

January 17, 2014

John Arthur died in October a married man.

But the state of Ohio this week has filed a notice of appeal to a federal ruling that resulted in Arthur's death certificate recognizing that he was married to Jim Obergefell.

The couple went to great lengths to get married in July because Arthur was dying from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

They were forced to raise $12,700 to charter a private plane and get married in Maryland where same-sex marriage is legal. Their seven-minute ceremony took place on an airport tarmac.

December 23, 2013

Federal judge opens the door to further challenges with his comments that the ban is unconstitutional

A week after gay marriage bans in New Mexico and Utah were struck down, a legal ruling in Ohio on Monday (23 December) may have paved the way for the end of a ban in that state as well.

Judge Timothy Black has ordered that gay marriages be recognized on Ohio death certificates. In his written opinion, he makes clear he believes the state's ban on same-sex unions is unconstitutional.

November 16, 2013

Andrey Bridges stabbed Cemia 'CeCe' Dove over 40 times before dumping her body

An Ohio man has been sentenced to life imprisonment on Wednesday (13 November) for the brutal murder of a transgender woman.

Andrey Bridges savagely attacked Cemia 'CeCe' Dove in January, stabbing her 40 times before tying her to a concrete block and dumping her in a pond near his apartment in Olmstead Township, Ohio.

Her body was found almost three months later.

Assistant County Prosecutor Brian Radigan said: 'The anger behind it, and the absolute brutality - I don't understand it.'

October 24, 2013

An Ohio State University and Boston University study has found significantly larger numbers of people are prepared to admit some same-sex attraction if nobody can trace their answers back to them

A new study suggests a much larger segment of the population has some level of same-sex sexual attraction and is only prepared to admit it if no one can find out who they are.

Researchers at Ohio State University and Boston University conducted an experiment with 2,516 Americans where they were randomly separated into two groups.

One group were given a private and anonymous computer survey, whereas the other group was given a survey that further concealed their responses using a so-called ‘veiled’ method.

October 22, 2013

Judge ruled marriage of John Arthur and husband Jim Obergefell had to be legally recognized in their home state

John Arthur died in his home state of Ohio this week married to the man he loved.

His marriage to husband Jim Obergefell took place on an airport tarmac in Maryland last summer and the couple successfully fought to have the union legally recognized in Ohio where same-sex marriage is still banned.

Arthur died early Tuesday (22 October) after suffering from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and had been in hospice care for several months.

Attorney Al Gerhardstein praised Arthur for using the final months of his life to fight for equality.

October 22, 2013

Judge ruled marriage of John Arthur and husband Jim Obergefell had to be legally recognized in their home state

John Arthur died in his home state of Ohio this week married to the man he loved.

His marriage to husband Jim Obergefell took place on an airport tarmac in Maryland last summer and the couple successfully fought to have the union legally recognized in Ohio where same-sex marriage is still banned.

Arthur died early Tuesday (22 October) after suffering from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and had been in hospice care for several months.

Attorney Al Gerhardstein praised Arthur for using the final months of his life to fight for equality.

October 9, 2013

If Ohio state senator Charleta Tavares gets her way Ohio will become the third US state to ban attempts to cure same-sex attracted youth of their sexual orientation

Ohio state Senator Charleta Tavares hopes her state will become the third in the US to ban attempts to turn LGBT youth straight, announcing her support for efforts to ban the controversial ‘therapies.’

‘If they are already questioning their sexuality, we don’t want them to think there is something wrong with them that needs to be fixed,’ Tavares told the Columbus Dispatch.

October 9, 2013

Gay Star Travel searches the globe’s theme parks for roller coaster rides that will leave you gasping for breath and screaming for more

There’s a saying that life is a roller coaster: you can either scream the whole way, or throw your hands up and enjoy the ride.

Whether you're the theme park enthusiast who's first in line for the rides, or the friend who watches from the sidelines, we've got some photos and videos to give you a taste of the heart-stopping excitement up-close and personal.

Gay Star Travel goes from US to Japan to discover the world's most haunted attractions, fastest roller coasters and other record-breaking theme parks.

October 7, 2013

City of Love beats out finalists London and Limerick

Gay Paree will be even more gay in the summer of 2018 when it plays host to Gay Games X.

The Federation of Gay Games made the announcement this afternoon (7 October) in Cleveland, Ohio, site of Gay Games IV next summer. After three days of deliberation, Paris emerged as the victor over fellow finalists, London, England and Limerick, Ireland.

Orlando and Amsterdam had earlier been eliminated in a preliminary vote last spring.

October 7, 2013

City of Love beats out finalists London and Limerick

Gay Paree will be even more gay in the summer of 2018 when it plays host to Gay Games X.

The Federation of Gay Games made the announcement this afternoon (7 October) in Cleveland, Ohio, site of Gay Games IV next summer. After three days of deliberation, Paris emerged as the victor over fellow finalists, London, England and Limerick, Ireland.

Orlando and Amsterdam had earlier been eliminated in a preliminary vote last spring.

September 26, 2013

An Ohio judge has been asked to rule in favor of all out-of-state same-sex marriages being recorded on death certificates when a partner dies after he ruled two same-sex marriages should be recorded as such

The Federal Court District judge who ruled in favor of two dead and dying gay men’s marriages being recorded on their death certificates has been asked to allow all people in same-sex marriages the same respect for their relationships.

September 19, 2013

A 17-year-old male taken into custody, may be charged with hate crime

An arrest has been made in connection with the beating of a man outside of a gay bar in Cleveland, Ohio, that has been the site of several anti-gay incidents in recent months.

Jared Fox, 26, is a New York man who was visiting his hometown and was walking towards Cleveland Cocktails on 31 August when he was confronted by a group of about 20 youths.

September 19, 2013

A 17-year-old male taken into custody, may be charged with hate crime

An arrest has been made in connection with the beating of a man outside of a gay bar in Cleveland, Ohio, that has been the site of several anti-gay incidents in recent months.

Jared Fox, 26, is a New York man who was visiting his hometown and was walking towards Cleveland Cocktails on 31 August when he was confronted by a group of about 20 youths.

September 13, 2013

Cleveland officials say repeated calls place 'an undue and inappropriate burden on the taxpayers'

The city of Cleveland in Ohio - due to host the 2014 Gay Games next summer - has asked a gay bar where two recent homophobic attacks against customers took place to quit calling police so often.

The owner of Cleveland's Cocktail Lounge received a letter this week from the director of the Department of Public Safety complaining that in the span of 12 months, police had been called to the business nine times.

September 13, 2013

Cleveland officials say repeated calls place 'an undue and inappropriate burden on the taxpayers'

The city of Cleveland in Ohio - due to host the 2014 Gay Games next summer - has asked a gay bar where two recent homophobic attacks against customers took place to quit calling police so often.

The owner of Cleveland's Cocktail Lounge received a letter this week from the director of the Department of Public Safety complaining that in the span of 12 months, police had been called to the business nine times.