I was afraid of this.
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is expanding state worker benefits to include significant others, but conservative, so-called family values organizations may work to stop this change.
“There is no question they’ve opened themselves up to a lawsuit,” Phil Burress, a member of Cincinnati-based Citizens for Community Values, told the Dayton Daily News. “It’s total disregard for the Ohio Constitution.”
A 2004 amendment to the Ohio constitution, as decided by voters, banned not only gay marriage but it also barred the state and local governments from recognizing anything resembling gay marriage, like domestic partnerships.
At this time, CCV is unsure if it will fight the new policy, but given the organization’s current track record, I bet they will.
On a lighter note, if you are a Cincinnatian and need a good laugh, check out CCV’s analysis of Article XII, an amendment to Cincinnati’s city charter banning any sort of legal protections for LGBT people.