FreedomOhio applauded the announcement that, early next year, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider a case from Ohio in which the Court could require the state to recognize legal same-gender marriages performed in other states.
“This is big news,” said FreedomOhio co-founder and Executive Director Ian James. “FreedomOhio is excited that the Court will consider offering Ohioans the same legal protections that all couples and their families deserve. We will continue to energize and encourage Ohioans in pursuit of this goal, and we hope that 2015 will be a monumental year for equality.”...Read More
This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court denied review of five pending same-gender marriage cases. In effect, the Court allowed marriage equality to proceed in these states, while refusing to address the constitutionality of marriage bans in other states.
In response, FreedomOhio Executive Director and co-founder Ian James said the following:
“The Supreme Court’s actions today mean that all Americans in 30 states now...Read More
Today, FreedomOhio marked the beginning of oral arguments in marriage equality cases in the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The cases will be heard in Cincinnati, where FreedomOhio hosted a large gathering of LGBT and social justice groups, political candidates and supporters.
“Today’s gathering shows the increasing support for marriage equality in Ohio,” said FreedomOhio Executive Director and co-founder Ian James. “With speakers and participants representing such a broad coalition of support...Read More
Today, FreedomOhio applauded the announcement of President Obama’s forthcoming Executive Order banning employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The order comes after Speaker of the House John Boehner refused to bring the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) legislation to a vote.
“FreedomOhio is committed to equality for LGBT people in every aspect of their lives,” said Ian James, FreedomOhio Executive Director and co-founder. “Every Ohioan should h...Read More
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