The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) voted Wednesday to have a CSRAB committee review its discriminatory wedding policy. The review came at the request of CSRAB member Rep. Stephen Slesnick (D-Canton) in an effort toaddress CSRAB's denial of renting LGBT couples a public accommodation for weddings and receptions.
Tweet On Friday, FreedomOhio will do what no other ballot issue campaign in Ohio has ever done in an effort to bring equality to Ohio’s LGBT Community: hold its original petition for marriage equality in a state of readiness for filing, while collecting signatures on a new petition with revised language.
In order to ensure that the right language is placed on the ballot at the right time, FreedomOhio will continue to work with in-state LGBT groups and allies. Over the coming months, FreedomOhio will al...Read More
Today, FreedomOhio called on the state of Ohio to begin offering spousal insurance coverage to same-sex couples. Following a recent decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, health insurers and now required to offer their family plans to all couples. While the decision marks a breakthrough for same-sex couples, the federal government will not enforce it until 2015.
In response, FreedomOhio Executive Director Ian James issued the following statement...Read More
FreedomOhio asked Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to withdraw the amicus brief his office filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation v. Kathleen Sebelius cases. The request comes two weeks after FreedomOhio, the state’s largest LGBT equality group, helped stop Ohio House Bill 376 – the Gay Discrimination Bill. Oral arguments in the cases will be heard Marc...Read More
This morning, State Rep. Bill Patmon agreed to join FreedomOhio’s effort to kill House Bill 376, otherwise known as the Ohio Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
“I’m relieved to see Rep. Patmon working to stop this destructive and discriminatory piece of legislation,” said FreedomOhio co-founder and Executive Director Ian James. “Our state already has an unconstitutional marriage ban in place, depriving loving same-sex couple of the right to be legally married – the last thing we need is to further marginalize and attack LGBT Ohioans.
“We have asked Rep. Patmon to send a letter to the Ohio House Clerk indicating that he no longer wishes to be a sponsor ...Read More
Today, in response to Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State Address, FreedomOhio released the following statement.
Co-founder and Executive Director Ian James said, “While the Governor may think his base of voters are "not there yet" on the issues of freedom to marry, employment or housing, and equal application of the law, polling suggests otherwise.
“We hope Governor Kasich will take time in the coming months to vocalize his support to ensure that all Ohioans are treated equally, and will speak-out to stop Ohio's legislature from passing Ohio's Jim Crow Law (HB376). Doing so will better help Ohio grow its economy and job base by being inclusive, n...Read More
Ian James, Co-Founder and Executive Director of FreedomOhio, issued the following statement, regarding a vote by Equality Ohio’s leadership to actively oppose the Freedom to Marry and Religious Freedom Amendment.
“It is not news that the out-of-touch leadership of Equality Ohio has negative things to say about bringing marriage equality to loving couples in our state. The leaders of Equality Ohio are stuck knee-deep in a negative quagmire, and are betraying their membership. We don't make progress by sowing fear into the hearts of our biggest supporters,” James said.
“We're focusing on the positive. Our ballot language has been approved by the Ohio A...Read More
Friends of Equality,
Below is the anticipated attack from the anti-LGBT Citizens for Community Values (CCV). Please note that CCV is NOT attacking FreedomOhio. Instead, they are attacking WMMO/EO's concern over our 13-word FreedomOhio Religious Freedom clause and their claim of wishing to conduct a "deep dive" on our religious freedom clause.
So you might well ask: "Why is CCV not attacking FreedomOhio and the Amendment?"
The answer is simple: CCV knows all too well that FreedomOhio's common sense 46-word Constitutional Amendment includes a 13-word "religious freedom" clause that protects religious freedom. The...Read More
Today, three same-gender couples filed a lawsuit in federal court to have both parents names listed on their children’s birth certificates. All three couples were legally married outside of Ohio, and are seeking full parental rights for both spouses.
Ian James, FreedomOhio co-founder and Executive Director, applauded the lawsuit, saying, “What we are seeing today is further evidence that from cradle to grave, marriage equality matters. No matter how they become parents,...Read More