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June 26, 2015: LOVE WINS!!!

Same-Sex Marriage Becomes the Law of the Land

Supreme Court ruled today that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, establishing a new civil right and handing gay rights advocates a victory that until very recently would have seemed unthinkable. Read about it in-depth in ANY newspaper!



President Obama made history in his 2015 State of the Union speech when he used the word “transgender,” while announcing protections for LGBT individuals. Though the country has made great strides to promote and secure justice for the LGBT community, the “T,” which stands for “transgender,” is often left out of the conversation.


Connie Schultz, Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist, will moderate a panel discussion about the challenges of being transgender and current efforts to address discrimination.


Panelists include:

  • Susan J. Becker, Professor of Law Emerita, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University

  • Henry Ng, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.C.P., F.A.C.P., President, Gay and Lesbian Medical Association; Clinical Director, PRIDE Clinic; Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

  • Stacey Parsons, Transgender Activist and Board Vice President, Margie’s Hope

  • Darius Stubbs, Teaching Artist, Cleveland Public Theater

The ACLU of Ohio has reserved a table for this event. If you would like to reserve a seat at the ACLU of Ohio table, please contact us at (216) 472-2220. Tickets are $25. Limited seating is available and will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Where: The City Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Ave, 2nd Floor, Cleveland 44114




Statewide Marriage Equality Coalition
Why Marriage Matters Ohio (WMMO), is a new marriage equality education campaign supporting the right for any loving, committed Ohio couple to marry founded by Equality Ohio Education Fund, Freedom to Marry, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Ohio on September 9th, 2013.  WMMO is a grassroots public education campaign to build support for marriage equality in Ohio. This campaign is about having conversations and sharing stories, showing that same-sex couples and their families should be welcomed and treated fairly in Ohio. It is about opening hearts and minds throughout our state.


UUA President’s June 25 Statement on DOMA/Prop 8


Equality Ohio Lobby Day

Lobby Day will be May 8 with a focus on the Equal Employment and Housing Act. There is renewed interest in both the Senate and the House. We will be working hard to pass this legislation in 2013.  Our legislators need to hear from us and be educated on our issues. Our stories change hearts and minds.


On May 16, 2012 UUs joined with others from Equality Ohio  for Lobby Day with regional teams representing  7 distinct regions of the state.  Last year, a version of the Comprehensive Safe Schools Act was adopted. Unfortunately, it did not include enumeration and thus fell short of expectations.


In a separate campaign, Freedom Ohio has been collecting signatures to place a Marriage Equality proposal on the November ballot.


The Human Rights Campaign Ohio has local urban chapters and a site with resources.


The UU Council of Greater Cincinnati is organizing The Pride Interfaith Worship Service on Thursday June 27  at First Unitarian in Avondale this year. The Pride Parade and Pride festival will be on Saturday June 29. We will be marching in the parade with a float and also have a UU booth.  A sea of yellow shirts would be awesome. Finally at 6 pm on the 29th a mass “Commitment and Recommitment” service is planned at the main stage at Pride and we have been asked to help staff the reception for that.  Questions? contact MJ Pierson.