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Organizers Begin New Gay-Marriage Effort In Ohio

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FreedomOhio says it will revise wording of its ballot issue to overturn Ohio's ban on gay marriage.
4, 2014

Backers of a ballot effort to overturn Ohio’s 2004 ban on same-sex marriage say they are gathering signatures for a new petition that revises wording in their proposed constitutional amendment.

Judge To Strike Down Part Of Ohio Gay Marriage Law

Nicole Yorksmith and wife Pamela want to be listed on their children's birth certificates and are among same-sex couples suing Ohio.
Nicole Yorksmith and wife Pamela want to be listed on their children's birth certificates and are among same-sex couples suing Ohio.
4, 2014

A federal judge says he will strike down part of Ohio’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage, meaning the state must recognize marriages of gay couples who legally wed elsewhere.

State Lawmakers Pull “Religious Freedom” Bill

Ohio Reps. Bill Patmon (left) and Tim DIckerson recently held a press conference to announce the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. They now say they've pulled the bill from consideration.
February 27, 2014

The bill’s sponsors say their measure was intended to protect Ohioans’ ability to exercise their religious beliefs, but they’ve withdrawn it after comparisons to a hotly-debated bill in Arizona.

Ohio Governor Delays Killer’s Upcoming Execution

Governor Kasich has postponed the execution of Gregory Lott after the record long execution of Dennis McGuire in January.
February 7, 2014

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has issued a reprieve for a condemned killer scheduled to die next month following the recent extended execution of an inmate who repeatedly gasped during the procedure.

Amish Family: Forced Chemo Order Violates Rights

An Ohio Amish family has fled the state rather than continue their daughter's chemotherapy treatments.
21, 2014

An Amish family who fled their home in Ohio so their 11-year-old daughter won’t be forced to undergo chemotherapy says that appointing a guardian to make her medical decisions could affect the rights of other parents to make their own choices.

Ohio Museum Hosts Panels From Unique Bible

Donald Jackson oversaw the art and calligraphy of the St. John's Bible.
9, 2013

The St. John’s Bible took 155 monks, a scribe for the British House of Lords, 23 artists, 16 years and a lot of swan feathers, calf skin and gold leaf to complete. You won’t see all of it at the Canton Museum of Art, but now you can see 68 pages of the first hand-written, illuminated Bible commissioned anywhere in the world in the last 500 years.

Fired Teacher Asks Ohio Court To Reconsider Ruling

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A former Mount Vernon science teacher wants the Ohio Supreme Court to reconsider its decision to uphold his dismissal.
26, 2013

A public school science instructor who refused to remove religious materials from his classroom is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to reconsider its decision upholding his dismissal.

Report: Ohio Failed To Return Tax Overpayments

Ohio Inspector General Randy Meyer.
November 21, 2013

A report by the state watchdog says Ohio has failed to return more than $30 million in business tax refunds to companies that properly requested the money.

Ohio Court Upholds Firing In School Bible Case

John Freshwater
November 19, 2013

With three justices dissenting, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Mount Vernon district had grounds to fire John Freshwater for insubordination for keeping religious books and a poster of a president praying.

Columbus Adds To Phillipine Relief Effort

Worthington minister Manuel Badar scrolls Facebook looking for posts from friends and acquaintances in the Phillipines
15, 2013

One week after a massive typhoon swept across the Phillipines, the death toll keeps rising. A Phillipine defense official says more than 3,000 are confirmed dead as of Friday morning. The disaster has spawned international relief efforts, including some here in Columbus.