gay marriage

John Kasich
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

There were a lot of topics covered by Gov. John Kasich in a speech to a group of newspaper executives and editors today. He focused mostly on his budget, but also some other hot topics including whom he wants to see replace him in 2018. 

Kasich was asked how half of Ohio’s school districts -- which would lose money under his two-year budget -- should handle those cuts. He said for a specific district, he would want to know if the district was losing students. If so, he said, it probably should get less money from the state, and turn to local funding sources.

LGBTQ pride flag
Quinn Dombrowski

A replacement event is being planned for Cleveland’s 28th annual gay pride festival that was canceled last week over safety concerns. Disappointment over the cancelation has spurred a grassroots effort to put together another festival.

Representatives from Cleveland’s LGBT community and the City of Cleveland met Sunday to start the planning. City Councilman Kerry McCormack was part of the gathering.

LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland officials unveil rendering of their new facility
KEVIN NIEDERMIER / WKSU

The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland has announced plans to greatly expand its presence in the Gordon Square Arts District on the city’s westside. As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, it will give the nation’s third oldest LGBT organization the ability to offer more to the community.

photo of Jim Obergefell
WKSU

As President Barack Obama and the U.S. Senate face a Supreme Court nomination fight, one Ohioan says the need to fill the empty seat hits him on a personal level.

Cincinnati resident Jim Obergefell was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that led the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. That decision was a 5-4 ruling.

Obergefell is urging U.S. Sen. Rob Portman to do his part to find a new justice so future cases don’t end up in ties.

KEVIN NIEDERMIER / WKSU

  It’s been a little more than five months since the U-S Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. In Cuyahoga County there was an immediate flurry of same-sex ceremonies at the courthouse. And Probate Court Magistrate Jennifer Alexander says they remain a large portion of the marriages Presiding Judge Anthony Russo has performed since the June 26th decision.