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Ryan says he supports gay marriage

Published: Sun, April 28, 2013 @ 12:08 a.m.

Staff report


U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles, D-13th, pledged his support to legalize gay marriage in Ohio at a rally for marriage equality at Youngstown State University on Saturday.

“The promotion of fairness, equality and justice is a hallmark of who we are as Ohioans and Americans,” Ryan said in remarks prepared for the approximately 100 people attending the rally.

“These entrenched values go far in ensuring a just and peaceful society that does the right thing for its people. If we are going to transform this nation, we need to welcome all of its sons and daughters with open arms,” he added.

Ryan also said he believes full marriage rights should be granted to all Ohioans and all Americans, adding that such rights do not force any religious institution to sanction these marriages.

About 10 couples who are either gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender were married Saturday during the outdoor rally in front of Kilcawley Center. The marriages, however, would not be recognized legally by the state of Ohio.

Other scheduled speakers included Steven Snyder-Hill, Joshua Snyder-Hill, Jennifer Tyrrell, Ian James, Jacob Nash, Jack Gordon, Adam Hoover and Judy Benson.

YSU President Cynthia Anderson also attended the rally.

Grass-roots organization Marriage Equality Ohio sponsored the event. It is seeking to place an issue on the Ohio ballot to legalize gay marriage.


1glbtactivist(321 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Only the most extreme religious right ( such as Boston bombers) and a few homophobes now oppose marriage equality. It will improve the US society and soon be so common that even politicians won't care to talk about it. Still, at this point in time it is good to hear Cong. Ryan on the record on the positive side. Those opposing marriage equality will someday be viewed much as George Wallace is for racial equality, a relic of an evil time and policy.

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2rocky14(839 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Next someone will want to marry an animal.
Don't forget--its their right.

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3redeye1(5666 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

I'm glad little Timmy is backing gay marriage laws . Anything he backs generally FAILS anyhow. So thanks Timmy LOL

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4khw729(8 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

The Bishop of Youngstown and all bishops for that matter need to stand up and condemn these so called Catholic politicians when they support issues that are contrary to Christian teaching.

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5ytkenboi(2 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

What is wrong with all of you contributors from Youngstown? Who does Gay Marriage hurt? Absolutely no one (despite your faulty thinking). Seriously, I wonder how many of you are college educated. Open your eyes. This was a beautiful event, and gradually our politicians are opening theirs. Thank you Tim Ryan and Dr. Cindy Anderson.

As for all of the comments arguing for polygamy, that is a totally different animal. I am not condemning it by any respects, but it is NOT comparable to gay marriage. Gays want the right to marry their life partners and receive the basic recognition and benefits from the Federal Gov. that most take for granted (Hospital visitation, federal employee benefits, tax credits, next in kin benefits, among basic recognition as equal citizens!). This is ONE human, committing to ONE other human. Just because polygamy isn't legal, doesn't mean you should oppose gay marriage. ("If I can't have it, neither can they! " I would say that is childish, but I even know children who are more mature than this. That is just selfish and ignorant.

And as for the religious arguments, do you understand what country you live in? The U.S.A is founded on the principles of freedom of religion which include separations of church and state. Just because your religion condemns gay marriage does not mean that our country should. Once again, not childish, but rather selfish and ignorant. Please enroll in a college course and educate yourselves.

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6DSquared(1788 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

I better not see him going up for Communion at Mass. What about it Bishop?

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7GoPens(397 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Ytkenboi, give it up. You are being far too reasonable and well thought out for the Neanderthals posting here. They are a lost cause.

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8mvgaystraightcoalition(3 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Knightcap, I would hope that gay behavior is abnormal to YOU, because you are not gay. Straight behavior is abnormal to me because God made me gay. The difference between us, is I don't condemn you for how God made you. That's correct, you heard right, the same God made each of us, one straight and one gay. I really don't understand people's cherry picking of the bible. "It says right here that homosexuality is an abomination." Correct, right next to wear it says that wearing polyester is an abomination, and not too many chapters away from where it says "Judge not, lest you be judged.' Isn't it exhausting to be filled with hate for a fellow American??

And then there are others like JS who thinks that if an elected politician has come on the side of equal rights for all americans, that he is himself gay, or turning his back on religion. I want my elected representative to not put religion into the context of their decision for people's rights in this country. We were founded on freedom FROM a certain religion in England, and our founding fathers purposely made us separate the church and our state. With this type of intolerance in our country, that is what will really have something break our country like the first commentor said. It makes me very sad for the posters on here that cannot separate what they dont understand to something they want to persecute and put down. Thanx for making this country a real welcoming place.

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9kurtw(1823 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

One of the posters called this a "beautiful event". I wasn't there, but I saw the Vindy photos and it looked caricature to me: two overweight females, one of them tuxedoed, the other one swishy feminine- tonguing each other. Beautiful!? If I had been there, I think I would have burst out laughing!

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10JackGordon(3 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

@brokeanddontcare: Could you fill us in on how God has punished other countries? I missed something....And as far as being biblically incorrect, It depends on your interpretation of the bible. Let me spend a day with you and I'll point out dozens of things you do that are incorrect according to the bible. The first of which would be judging others as God would judge.

@JS: We are tax paying citizens too. Politicians represent all of us, it's refreshing to see some start to realize that. I guess you could say that for decades they've paid "homage" to only straight people.

@kwh729: Sorry, but the Catholic church does not run our country.

@Knightcap: Gay behavior is not abnormal. It has been documented to occur over 1500 species on earth. Even the leaders of "reparative therapy" organizations are now admitting that a person's sexual orientation cannot be changed. You marry the right tire to the right rim, machinists marry parts together, woodworkers make dovetail joints that marry together. The word meant to join together before the church redefined it to mean "between a man and a woman". It's time to change it back. As far as the stereotype that there is role playing in our relationships is largely wrong. While some couples do choose specific roles many do not. My partner of 28 years and I are husband and husband. Many straight today reverse traditional roles with the husband staying home and the wife working. You may be surprised to know that many straight people also perform sexual deviations from "normal" missionary sex. Have you ever received oral sex? That's sodomy and considered an abomination according to the bible.
As far as having contractural agreements, they are not allowed by the 2004 amendment to the Ohio constitution. Anything that assimilates the rights of marriage to two people of the same sex can be nullified. A good example of this is the recent case in Missouri where a couple had power of attorney over each other and a hospital decided to overrule that document and have the husband removed from the premises and let the family make the decisions against the patients wishes.

@kurtw: It's sad that your life is so shallow as to judge who should and shouldn't get married by how they look. Do you only go to weddings of models?

Thanks, Jack Gordon

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11JackGordon(3 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Support Marriage Equality Ohio has married over 300 couples in the last year around Ohio. The largest of these ceremonies was March 24th 2012 in Cleveland. God has not thrown the city into Lake Erie and all of these weddings have gone pretty much unnoticed. Why? Because nothing changed in society other than 600 people committed their lives and love to one another. These marriages are more committed than their heterosexual counterparts since their is no monetary or legal gains to be had. These couples took their time to take their vows purely because of love, something that seems to be lacking in many of the weddings being legally performed in the state now. It would be nice to have the other benefits that come with a state, not church, issued license.

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12bumbob(146 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Way to go Rep. Ryan! Endorse love!

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