Federal Judge Set To Issue Key Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling

Federal Judge Set To Issue Key Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling

BY AMANDA LEE MYERS, ASSOCIATED PRESS

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge is expected to issue what could be the most sweeping ruling yet for gay marriage in Ohio by ordering the state to recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in states that allow same-sex marriage.

Judge Timothy Black indicated in court on April 4 that he expects to rule on Monday, ordering Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay marriages because the state’s ban violates constitutional rights and denies a fundamental right for people …

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April 16th Rally Against Gun Violence

A year ago, a minority in the Senate voted to block legislation that would have required background checks for all commercial gun sales and saved lives. But even though Congress has stalled, we’ve seen victories in states and cities all over the country, and our movement is stronger than ever. There’s a lot left to do, and your participation in the movement is crucial to passing common-sense laws all over the country.

Next Wednesday, we’re joining with Moms Demand Action for events to remind our elected officials …

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Ohio Statehouse can’t be rented for same-sex weddings, but that could change

A committee will review if the Ohio Statehouse should be same-sex friendly in terms of renting the Civil War-era landmark for weddings and receptions.

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‘With these rules, you couldn’t execute Timothy McVeigh,’ argues task-force dissent

Many of the recommendations of the Ohio Supreme Court Death Penalty Task Force could blow up before the final report is in the hands of state lawmakers. The 22-member panel is meeting today to wrap up action on 56 recommendations. But a minority report is being drafted by some task force members that will challenge and oppose many of the major recommendations.

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County, Yost trade jabs over absentee-ballot law

State Auditor Dave Yost’s comments about the possibility of getting into Cuyahoga County officials’ pocketbooks should increase the likelihood of a federal probe of voting in Ohio, the county’s law director says.

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Task force would alter Ohio capital punishment

Sweeping changes in how Ohio handles capital punishment, including banning executions of the mentally ill, requiring DNA evidence or a videotaped confession and reserving the death penalty for the “worst of the worst” crimes, are among a long list of recommendations to be finalized by the Ohio Supreme Court Death Penalty Task Force.

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FirstEnergy Solutions’ special fee investigated

Ohio regulators have launched an investigation into whether FirstEnergy Solutions can charge consumers for its extra expenses to obtain electricity during the extreme cold of this past January.

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Prisons are ‘new asylums’ in U.S.

Reinforcing their role as the “new asylums,” U.S. prisons now house 10 times as many seriously mentally ill people as state psychiatric hospitals do, a new national report shows. An estimated 356,268 seriously mentally ill inmates were housed in prisons and jails nationally in 2012, compared with about 35,000 patients in mental hospitals, according to a report released Tuesday.

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‘Clean’ energy bill sparks plugs, pans

Some of Ohio’s largest and best-known businesses are at odds this week over a proposal that would stop mandated annual increases in “green” energy purchases by utilities. This includes power produced using renewable resources, such as wind and solar.

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Winter weather hurts casino payouts to cities, counties

Tax money coming from Ohio’s four casinos keeps shrinking. The tax revenue from casinos in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo dropped for the third straight quarter at the end of March to about $66.3 million, according to new figures from the Ohio Department of Taxation.

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