News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Wayside Furniture

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Meaden & Moore


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics


Attorney General DeWine says he will fight gay marriage ruling
DeWine says ruling violates the Ohio Constitution, and that the decisions are best left to the states.
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


Reporter
Jo Ingles
 
Attorney General Mike DeWine says they will fight for against further gay marriage rulings.
Courtesy of Ohio Attorney General
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine expects the court fight to continue over Ohio’s gay marriage ban.

The week, a federal judge granted a restraining order against Ohio’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states. The case was brought by two Cincinnati men, one of whom is dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease. They were married in Maryland, and want that marriage recognized on his death certificate.

Their attorney says he plans to secure other rights for these two and other gay and lesbian couples. In an interview with Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles, Attorney General DeWine explains how he thinks the case will expand.

LISTEN: DEWINE ON GAY MARRIAGE

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:42)


"This case, so far, if you look at the judge’s order is limited in its applicability to these two individuals," Dewine says. "But we only assume that the plaintiffs want to expand this and I would anticipate a full-fledged debate and litigation on the whole issue of Ohio’s law that prohibits marriage of people of the same sex. ...  It starts off with two individuals but it’s going to end up with the 6th Circuit (Court of Appeals) ruling on the constitutionality of this provision that was voted on by Ohio voters.

DeWine says he will fight any future litigation.

"Our job is to defend Ohio’s constitution and defend what voters have voted on," DeWine says. 

DeWine says it is possible that a judge could require Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages from another state.

"I don’t want to speculate what a court could do but... as the judge has indicated, there’s a high, in his opinion, there’s a high probability that the plaintiffs will be successful in this suit," DeWine says. " So this certainly could be done by a judge."

DeWine acknowledges Ohio accepts other kinds of marriages -- such as those of first cousins-- performed in other states, but not legal here. But he says that was the state's choice. 

Voters' choice and change
"The main difference is that the Ohio citizens through their Legislature, have voted to recognize that marriage," DeWine says. In the case of same-sex marriage, he notes, voters specifically approved the ban in 2004.

Overall, the attorney general maintains, "one of the arguments that we are going to be making is that this is certainly a fast-moving issue. People have a lot of different opinions about this, states are sorting this out very rapidly, and you are seeing some states go one way, some states are staying with the status quo. This is better off left in the political arena for the individuals states to work out."

DeWine says judges decision this week is narrow, and does not extend full marital rights to gay couples. 


Related Links & Resources
Cincinnati Enquirer Video on Gay Couple

Listener Comments:

newsflash, your JOB is to defend liberty and justice for ALL. Which part of ALL is the difficult part for you?

newsflash: ALL INCLUDES the gay, lesbian, bi-sesxual and transgender community.


Posted by: Bobbie Jo (Columbus, Ohio) on July 24, 2013 5:07AM
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Lordstown GM plant plans to install 8,500 solar panels
How much will this solar array cost? How is it being funded, and who is really paying for it? How much real useful electricity will it actually produce in MEh p...

Local Ebola concerns cause officials to pay more attention to West Africa
I have a better idea, let's secure our borders and spend those billions of dollars on our own first.

HUD and Cuyahoga Land Bank extend a housing deal for another year
Need to sale lot, and would like to know how to contact someone to see if they may be interested in the property that sat between two lots. If you can give me...

Akron Beacon Journal details abuse claims against televangelist Angley
In the early 90's I went forth for pray. And the man was anointed by the hand of God. Just a fact I will never forget

Lawmaker questions why a million voters didn't get absentee applications
He's a damn lie! I vote n all elections. I missed 1. Haven't gotten my absentee ballot and their making it hard to get one.

Thirsty Dog Brewery warns it might have to leave Akron
Why is it the city's responsibility to find this guy a location? There are a hundred realestate companies that could help him.

Kent State sends home three after contact with second Ebola-stricken nurse
Why weren't all health workers who were around Duncan quaranteened for 21 days and tested for Ebola? That's a no-brainer. Why was Vinson allowed to travel right...

New book says Willoughby Coal is haunted...and that's good for business
Would love to see a series of books that would just thrill me. I cannot wait to visit some of the locations. And revisit some of the locations I have already vi...

Cleveland Indians to continue with 'dynamic pricing'
pricing is too high for a family as well as people like me who are on a fixed income. Bleacher seats are cheaper but concessions are rediculous.

Kasich talks about faith, drugs and education -- but never FitzGerald
The idea that you can learn more by talking to a 90 year old person than from a history book is just another example of how the GOP hates education and knowledg...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University