Happy sixth banniversary, Ohio!

Six years ago today, Ohio’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage went into effect.

Ohio has three marriage bans, but the constitutional ban, as decided by voters, banned not only gay marriage but it also barred state and local governments from recognizing anything resembling gay marriage, like domestic partnerships. Under the referendum, businesses cannot be forced by the government to recognize same-sex relationships, but businesses can choose to recognize these relationships and extend domestic partner benefits to employees.

Citizens for Community Values — a faith-based organization in Cincinnati affiliated with Focus on the Family — instigated the federal Defense of Marriage Act and created the blueprint for state DOMAs, including Ohio’s constitutional same-sex marriage ban.


One thought on “Happy sixth banniversary, Ohio!

  1. Virginia used to have a law forbidding private businesses to grant domestic-partner benefits. State legislators repealed it only when they realized that they had trashed the state’s business climate for no good reason.

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