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.

Akron General

Don Drumm Studios

The Holden Arboretum


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
Ohio


Campaigns heat up in Ohio for marriage equality
The newest effort is for public education, building toward a change in Ohio law
Story by BRIAN BULL


 
In The Region:

A coalition supporting same-sex marriage announced a new initiative today in Ohio’s three largest cities. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Brian Bull reports on the Cleveland event.

LISTEN: Bull on marriage equality push

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:34)


A couple dozen supporters gathered outside Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland, as organizers announced the creation of “Why Marriage Matters Ohio."

Its goal is to educate state residents on marriage equality, and help build support to overturn Ohio’s ban on gay marriage. The ban was approved by nearly two-thirds of voters in 2004.

Among the speakers was Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. He says he’s seeing growing support for same-sex marriages, even among conservatives, an indirect reference to his Republican colleague, Rob Portman, who publicly changed his stance earlier this year after his own son came out.

“It’s clear to me that people in this state understand that marriage matters to all Ohio families, equality no one should have to give permission for someone to love another."

Another speaker was Dawn Hanson of the Fairmount Group, a marketing and communications firm in Cleveland Heights.  She says legalizing same-sex marriage makes smart business sense.

“We need to be able to attract and retain talented people to state.  We need to be able to attract and innovative businesses to our state.  And I am absolutely convinced if we don’t do that, Ohio is going to lose out.”

The initiative is backed by Equality Ohio, the ACLU of Ohio, the national group Freedom to Marry, and the Human Rights Campaign. It’s billed as a grassroots effort pushing face-to-face conversations among residents.

A recent poll shows Ohioans split on whether or not same-sex marriage should be allowed in the state.

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

Northeast Ohio undocumented immigrants praying for a miracle
Stop it, just stop it. They are not undocumented but illegal aliens. I live in a 'sanctuary' city and it's not pretty. Dahlberg is a notorious trouble maker in ...

Ohio survey shows low-income people are choosing phones over food
Where is this study published? no sign of it on google scholar. is there a cite

The Akron Sound rocks the porches
fabulous group interview! you covered so much in so little time. wish i could be there for porch rockr.

Head of Ohio Dems says Kasich administration is lying about Suarez contacts
when Kasich's mouth is open , he's lying. Look what he did at Lehmans brothers and then lied about it all during the campaign. If a GOP didn't lie, he or she ...

Canton's Basilica of St. John absorbs news of the pope at morning Mass
Hello Chris,Marina,and Patrice, I just read this article and you all look great. I'm on facebook Jean Dutcher in blue and white stripped blouse. I"M so glad to ...

Exploradio: Avoiding the 'acting-white' trap
Growing-up black and being black should not determine that you will not speak well or will not be a high achiever in your goals in life.But society te nds to la...

Charter-school supporters to rally at Statehouse
I am on the bus now headed to the rally. Horizon is an excellent school. My son is is 7 th grade. The teachers and administrators are top notch and spend so m...

Former Nursing Home Land Added to Parks
In addition, LED technology also plays a very important role in advertising- LED placard is very, very useful for shop owners.

Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments on school funding
That's not true. Other school districts HAVE followed this law and done this. Oakhills is one of them and how they were able to provide technology for their s...

Death and beauty at Cleveland's Museum of Contemporary Art
What a disgusting story to air at lunch time.

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