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UPDATE | Gay-marriage backers urge Ohio to drop its appeal



Published: Thu, May 15, 2014 @ 3:41 p.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — Gay marriage supporters in Ohio delivered several thousand petitions to the state’s attorney general today urging him to stop his appeal of a federal judge’s order on same-sex marriage.

The state is fighting Judge Timothy Black’s ruling that orders Ohio to recognize gay marriages performed in other states. Most of the judge’s April 14 ruling was put on hold pending the anticipated appeal.

The judge ruled that Ohio’s refusal to recognize gay marriage is a violation of constitutional rights and is “unenforceable in all circumstances.”

Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine has said marriage is between a man and a woman, and that he will continue defending Ohio’s voter-approved gay marriage ban, passed overwhelmingly in 2004.

The group Why Marriage Matters Ohio delivered more than 6,000 signatures to DeWine’s office Thursday, demanding he halt the appeal.

Campaign manager Michael Premo said appealing the ruling was a waste of taxpayer money and an injustice to Ohio families.


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1Seriouslee(100 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

It is a waste of money. Like it or not, these bans are unconstitutional and always have been, and it's just a matter of time before they are all overturned. Republicans know this, but it makes for good red meat for the conservative base.

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2Ytownnative(1036 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

It makes no sense to vote anymore its all decided by the courts

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3IslandMike(752 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

You can't vote to overturn the constitution. That's what Seriouslee is referring to. See:: 14th Amendment.

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4tnmartin(234 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

somehow, one doubts that the authors of an amendment to guarantee the full rights of citizenship to freed slaves had in mind that it would later be distorted out of all recognition in an attempt to legislate a lie. And the notion that homosexuals, who are psychological deviants just by definition, are somehow guaranteed the right to have their bad behavior solemnized by law is, well, crazy. And a lie. If they wish to fantasize that they are married, no one much cares. But demanding that the rest of us give it the same air of approval and sanction as a legitimate marriage of one man and one woman is another matter entirely. Play your silly games off in the corner if you must, but don't expect approval from those who know better.
All this fuss over a group that amounts to well under 2 per cent of the population, a group little different in size or nuttiness from those who wear funny hats and think themselves to be Napoleon.
BTW, judges have no legitimate authority to rule on this matter. It's a "nunya". As in, "none of your business" matter. Most things are.

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5walter_sobchak(1910 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

Here's the problem. Marriage has been legally, religiously and morally defined for centuries as the union of one man and one woman for the express purpose of the sure survival and continuance of the human species. Nobody is denying a gay man from marrying a woman or a gay woman from marrying a man. Now, if two men or two women want to enter into some sort of civil union under a contractual basis, that's OK. Just don't call it marriage and don't extend the benefits of married couples to them, IMHO. The people of the State of Ohio have spoken at the ballot box to further codify the definition. But, typical of the liberal playbook, they run to the courts to effect changes that they just can't get made since they don't have the support of the voters at the ballot box. AG DeWine is merely doing his job in supporting a voter approved amendment.

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6Yompton(3 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

What truly confuses me is why people care if gays get married. Does it have a direct impact on you or your family?

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7tnmartin(234 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

then let is begin by ceasing this use of the term "gay". It's bogus. And, having known several homosexuals, the word "gay" doesn't apply. Words like "miserable" and "deluded" and "desperate" are closer to the fact.
The more correct term is "homosexual".
You can use "sodomite" to describe a person having homosexual conduct with another genetic male, but that's up to you.
Incidentally, one of the explicit expectations in marriage is fidelity. That is not a habit in ANY of the homosexual "partnerships" I have ever observed.

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8Yompton(3 comments)posted 4 months, 1 week ago

I just can't seem to shake the fact that people will only cite the bible and religious beliefs when it coincides with their viewpoint and agenda.

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9tnmartin(234 comments)posted 4 months ago

and I can't help but notice your inability to discern the difference between your own opinions, prejudices and fantasies on one hand and facts and data on the other. There is a difference, there really is.
There was a video making the rounds a few months ago - the theme was getting signatures on a petition to turn down the thermostat on the sun in order to combat "global warming". It was done in one of those self-proclaimed "superior intellect cities", not here in what they dismiss as "flyover country". And they got people to sign the silly thing. Proud of themselves for doing it to. I guess the next effort will be to repeal, or severely modify at least, the law of gravity. Makes about as much sense.
And either of those is no sillier than this effort to declare two (or more) homosexuals in tandem as being "married". Might as well declare them to be dolphins or chipmunks.

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