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Marriage Isn’t about ‘I Do,’ It’s about ‘Says Who’

Marriage Isn’t about ‘I Do,’ It’s about ‘Says Who’

Every controversy, every disagreement and every schoolyard brouhaha comes down to one simple question: Says Who? The entire issue that has filled the headlines, sound bites and featured stories the last two weeks can be boiled down to the same two words. Though the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges was focused

Rebuttal: No, “Pro-Lifer,” Supporting Gay Marriage Doesn’t Make You More Pro-Life

Recently an article entitled “In Defense of Gay Marriage, from a Pro-Life Republican” appeared on the blog Third Base Politics. The author, Councilman Phil Van Treuren of Amherst, Ohio, advances the premise that the pro-life movement must embrace marriage redefinition. Van Treuren castigates Cleveland Right to Life and other pro-life groups that maintain that traditional

How Ohio Benefits from a Religious Freedom Bill

How do supporters of same-sex marriage, abortion advocates, and–more neutrally–civil rights advocates in Ohio view the Ohio Religious Freedom Restoration Act, H.B. 376, just introduced in the Ohio General Assembly? This is a curious question in view of recent events. The Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of religion to all Americans,

SSM Advocates Start Ohio Spin Campaigns on Marriage, Discrimination

In September and October, Equality Ohio launched campaigns to persuade Ohioans to accept same-sex marriage (SSM) and to change federal and state law on workplace issues. Their strategy is surely influenced by a recent poll of Ohio voters. The Public Religion Research Institute found that most voters would not approve a marriage redefinition—good news for

Four Same-Sex Marriage Questions Americans Must Answer

This summer’s US Supreme Court ruling on DOMA and California’s Proposition 8 has tossed the issue of same-sex marriage back to the states [read on OCR here & here]. This means that Ohioans (indeed, all Americans) must revisit the legitimacy of the sincere claims of same-sex partners who want their unions to be recognized as

Portman Divides Ohio–Again

Here we go again: Republican Senator Rob Portman is dividing Ohioans over the issue of homosexuality in round two. Let me give you the stunning details. As many of you know, Senator Portman, who lent his support in the past to traditional marriage as well as pro-life issues, announced earlier in 2013 that he now

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