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SCOTUS rulings on gay marriage don't affect Ohio

 
SCOTUS rulings on gay marriage don't affect Ohio
Posted Wednesday, June 26th 2013 @ 11am  by By Tom Moore, Newsradio WTAM 1100
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(Cleveland)--Wednesday's rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court related to same-sex marriage don't affect people in Ohio, but the head of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland says it's a step in the right direction.

Phyllis Harris, executive director of the LGBT Community Center, tells WTAM 1100 now it's time to focus on changing Ohio law, to add it to the 13 states and the District of Columbia, which all recognize same-sex unions.

"We can still be fired from our jobs on the basis of sexual orientation, and we can still be discriminated against on the basis of housing," says Harris. Nevertheless, Harris is glad that some provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act were struck down by the high court, saying, "It allows loving couples and families to be able to have that federal safety net that didn't exist."

Harris says while the rulings do not affect Ohio directly, they can still give the state's LGBT community some momentum to change the law, saying, "This will continue through legislative action and ballot campaigns, so that we can overturn any gay amendments and litigation where necessary."

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