Back in 2004, people in Ohio voted on the subject of marriage, determining that it should be only between a woman and a man. However, reports indicate that more people support same-sex marriage than oppose it. Fifty percent of those asked were for it, while only 44 percent were against it.
However, a telling statistic is the number of young people who support same-sex marriage. The same poll, which was done by Quinnipiac University, indicated that young people supported it at a rate of over 70 percent.
Additionally, there have been many changes all over the state. One judge, who was presiding in Cincinnati, ruled that Ohio should have to recognize anyone's marriage, even a same-sex union, if the ceremony was performed in a state where same-sex marriage was already legal. The case is going through the appeals process now, so the ruling has been put on hold.
A number of same-sex couples in the state also have filed a lawsuit. According to reports, they want the right to get married in Ohio.
While these types of changes initially involve being able to get married in the first place, they will likely impact the way the courts handle divorce rulings and issues like establishing parental rights among same-sex partners in Ohio as well. Those things are tricky since our state doesn't recognize same-sex marriages.
Unmarried same-sex couples should continue watching these cases to keep an eye on the state of same-sex marriage in Ohio. They will likely impact many of their rights involving marriage and parenthood, including what happens if they eventually want to seek divorce.
Source: The Plain Dealer, "Is gay marriage an eventuality in Ohio? Readers comments were split: What you're saying" Robert Higgs, May. 05, 2014