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Judge issues stay of gay-marriage ruling
Other headlines: Ohio death penalty panel releases recommendations; Education regulators debate LGBT teacher protections

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  • Ohio death penalty panel releases recommendations
  • Education regulators debate LGBT teacher protections
  • Easter cross display challenged in Ohio village
  • Columbus Blue Jackets advance to NHL playoffs 
  • Judge orders stay of gay marriage ruling
    A Federal Judge in Cincinnati has put a stay on his order for Ohio to recognize gay marriages performed in other states.

    The stay by Judge Tim Black does not include the plaintiffs who want the state to allow their names on birth certificates for their children.

    Attorneys representing the four couples had urged Judge Black to lift the stay he issued Monday.

    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the stay is what his office had requested.

    Judge Black has indicated he thinks Ohio’s ban on recognizing gay marriage is unconstitutional.

    The case now goes to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Ohio death penalty panel releases recommendations
    The chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court says divisions about the death penalty on a panel that spent more than two years studying Ohio’s capital punishment practices were to be expected.

    Justice Maureen O'Connor said Tuesday that diametrically opposed positions and divisive topics are a healthy part of the panel's work.

    O'Connor convened the panel in 2011. 

    Recommendations include reducing the number of crimes eligible for the death penalty and creating a statewide board that would have the final say over death penalty charges in the state.

    O'Connor says the committee's goal was a fair analysis of Ohio's 3-decade old capital punishment law.

    Education regulators debate LGBT teacher protections 
    The Ohio Board of Education is continuing its debated on proposed language to ban discrimination of teachers based on sexual orientation.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports that the board heard testimony from supporters of language protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender educators.

    Board President Debe Terhar is backing standards that simply states that policies protect educators “in accordance with state and federal laws.”

    “Sexual orientation” is not a protected class under state law, but in 2011 Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order protecting state workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation.

    Easter cross display challenged in Ohio village
    A group advocating the separation of church and state is protesting a pair of crosses displayed for Easter at an eastern Ohio village's municipal building.

    The Wisconsin-based ‘Freedom From Religion Foundation’ is challenging the claim by the mayor of Stratton, Ohio that it's constitutional to display the crosses during holidays.

    Mayor John Abdalla temporarily removed the crosses in January after the foundation threatened to sue.

    It's not the first debate over religious freedom in the village.

    In 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the Watchtower Society in a suit challenging a Stratton ordinance that imposed registration requirements and penalties on house-to-house solicitation.

    Justices ruled the law violated the First Amendment.

    Columbus Blue Jackets advance to NHL playoffs
    Ohio’s only National Hockey League team makes its long-awaited return to the playoffs tonight.

    The Columbus Blue Jackets are in the postseason for just the second time ever and the first since 2009.

    They’re playing the heavily-favored Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Game one is tonight in Pittsburgh. The series returns to Columbus in game 3 on Monday.

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