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Gay couples sue Ohio over same-sex marriage ban
Other headlines:  Wayne County offers free measles shots; Mumps outbreak grows in central Ohio
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • Wayne County offers free measles shots
  • Mumps outbreak grows in central Ohio
  • Strong winds whip Columbus
  • Gay couples sue Ohio over same-sex marriage ban
    Civil rights attorneys have filed a lawsuit seeking to strike down Ohio's gay marriage ban and allow same-sex couples to marry in the state.

    The lawsuit was filed today in federal court in Cincinnati on behalf of six gay Ohio couples who say they're in love and want to get married.

    Attorney General Mike DeWine has said he will continue to defend the gay marriage ban, passed overwhelmingly by Ohio voters in 2004.

    The same law firm that filed the lawsuit filed a February lawsuit that led a judge to order Ohio to recognize out-of-state same sex marriages.

    That April 14 order stopped short of forcing Ohio to allow gay couples to wed in the state.

    The order is on hold pending DeWine's forthcoming appeal.


    Wayne County offers free measles shots
    An outbreak of measles among Amish communities in north central Ohio has health officials scrambling to stop its spread. 

    The outbreak is centered in Knox County, but a handful of cases are reported in four nearby counties for a total of 26 cases.

    Wayne County Health Commissioner Greg Halley says immunization clinics have been set up in outlying communities, and efforts are underway to reach out to the Amish.

    Halley says, "We work through their existing contacts, their bishops and other community representatives that coordinate with us, but also through offering our outlying clinics in Fredericksburg and Apple Creek  - we try to take the services to them.” 

    Halley says the Amish typically do not receive vaccinations unless needed. He says measles is highly contagious and can sometimes lead to serious complications. 

    The measles vaccine usually provides protection within three days of receiving it. 

    The Ohio outbreak began after unvaccinated travelers returned to Ohio from a mission trip to the Philippines where measles has sickened 20,000 people.


    Mumps outbreak grows in central Ohio
    Public health officials say a mumps outbreak in central Ohio has reached 295 cases. That's about three-quarters of all the reported cases nationwide.

    The running total of the cases of the contagious viral illness was reported by Columbus health officials as of Tuesday afternoon, with 176 of those linked to Ohio State University.

    The cases go back to early January.

    Mumps often starts with fever, fatigue and body aches. Those infected are urged to stay home, cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, and frequently wash their hands.

    Heath officials are advising college, school and even day care leaders to make sure central Ohio students are immunized and to separate them from those who haven't been vaccinated and those who are infected.

    Strong winds whip Columbus
    Northeast Ohio was spared the brunt of storms that moved into central Ohio last night.  Strong winds whipped through Columbus last night with limited damage.  

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