by German Lopez
90 days ago
Christians, Muslims, Jews come together to support marriage equality
Some of Cincinnati’s religious leaders gathered at a press conference today to endorse the Freedom to Marry and Religious Freedom Amendment, an amendment from FreedomOhio that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state.
Pastor Mike Underhill of the Nexus United Church of Christ
(UCC) in Butler County, Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp of Temple Sholom,
Pamela Taylor of Muslims for Progressive Values and
Mike Moroski, who recently lost his job as assistant principal at Purcell Marian High School for
standing up for LGBT rights (“Testing Faith,” issue of Feb. 13), all took part in the event — showcasing a diversity of
religious support for marriage equality.
In a statement, Underhill said UCC was the first major Christian denomination to embrace marriage equality. He added, “All people have the right to lead lives that express love, justice, mutuality, commitment, consent and pleasure.”
The sentiment was echoed by the other religious leaders.
Moroski said in a statement, “I’m
elated to stand here today with these wonderful faith leaders, who
truly, deeply and spiritually believe that two people who love one
another deserve the right to be married.”
FreedomOhio is aiming to get its
amendment on the ballot as soon as November, according to Ian James, the
“Our balanced amendment gives a loving same-gender couple
the right to marry while respecting a religious institution’s freedom to
choose to recognize and perform that marriage or not,” James said in a
CityBeat previously covered the Freedom to Marry Ohio amendment and some of its hurdles with other LGBT groups (“The Evolution of Equality,” issue of Nov. 28).
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2013
I did truly love the man I thought I was
marrying. I don’t, however, think I would have married him if I were
raised differently. What I mean is: I’m a Christian.
by German Lopez
With voter approval, Washington state embraces new freedoms
This morning, social conservatives around the world dug
themselves into Armageddon-resistant bunkers, preparing for what they
knew was coming. Today, marijuana and same-sex marriage were
being legalized in Washington state.
But the bunkers may have been a waste of time and money,
considering the end of the world didn’t occur. In fact, it seems like a lot
of people are happy with the legal changes, which voters approved on
From the perspective of this CityBeat writer, same-sex marriage would be great. It’s something I wrote about extensively before (“The Evolution of Equality,”
Nov. 28 issue). As a refresher, not only does same-sex marriage bring a
host of benefits to same-sex couples, but it also produces economic
benefits for everyone. A recent study from Bill
LaFayette, founder of Regionomics LLC, found that legalizing gay
marriage would grow Ohio’s gross domestic product, which measures
economic worth, by $100-$126 million within three years.
Marijuana has similar benefits. Not only does it give
people the freedom to put a relatively harmless plant into their bodies,
but it also provides a big boon to state budgets. For Washington, it’s
estimated the marijuana tax will bring in as much as $500 million a
Legalization also creates jobs and economic growth as
businesses pop up to sell the product and customers buy the plant to
toke up. Washington State’s Office of Financial Management estimates the
marijuana market will be worth about $1 billion in the state.
Considering the state is about 2 percent of the U.S. population, that
could be extrapolated to indicate a potential $50 billion nationwide
Still, public use of marijuana and driving while
intoxicated remain illegal. In a press conference Wednesday, Seattle
City Attorney Pete Holmes said, “If you're smoking in plain public view, you're
subject to a ticket. … Initiative 502 uses the alcohol model. If
drinking in public is disallowed, so is smoking marijuana in public.”
The Seattle Police Department (SPD) seems a bit
friendlier. In an email today, SPD told officers to only give verbal
warnings until further notice. The warnings should essentially tell
people to take their marijuana inside, or, as SPD spokesperson Jonah
Spangenthal-Lee put it on the SPD Blotter,
“The police department believes that, under state law, you may
responsibly get baked, order some pizzas and enjoy a ‘Lord of the Rings’
marathon in the privacy of your own home, if you want to.”
The Washington law also faces possible federal resistance.
Even though the state legalized pot, the drug is still illegal under
federal law. That means the feds can still shut down marijuana
businesses and arrest buyers, just like they have with legal medical marijuana
dispensaries in the past.
In fact, maybe the limitations are what’s keeping the
apocalypse at bay. Maybe social conservatives will get to make use of
those bunkers if the rest of the country catches on to Washington’s
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 5, 2012
A Bangladesh woman was forced to remarry the man who
mutilated her by dousing her face with acid after she divorced him for
cheating on her. WORLD -2
by German Lopez
New poll shows slim Ohio majority embraces gay marriage
For the first time, a Washington Post poll shows 52 percent of Ohioans support same-sex marriage, and only 37 percent say it should be illegal.
With a margin of error of 4.5 points, it’s possible the
September poll could be too optimistic, but the poll shows a sharp
contrast to 2004, when 62 percent of Ohioans voted in favor of a
constitutional amendment defining marriage between a man and a woman.
The poll also found support for same-sex marriage growing
in Florida and Virginia. In Florida, 54 percent support same-sex
marriage, while 33 percent say it should be illegal. In Virginia, 49
percent support same-sex marriage, and 40 percent want it to be illegal.
Both are increases in support in comparison to previous years.
The news comes at a time when FreedomOhio is stepping up
its efforts to get an amendment legalizing same-sex marriage in Ohio on the
This article originally credited Equality Ohio for the amendment. The
amendment push is being led by FreedomOhio, a different pro-gay
marriage organization.The campaign for Freedom to Marry Ohio, the amendment that would legalize same-sex marriage, previously touted
an economic study that showed Ohio could bring in $100-126 million of
economic growth within three years of legalizing same-sex marriage and
sustain 1,160-1,450 Ohio jobs. In Hamilton County, same-sex marriage
legalization would bring in $8.3 million. However, the study did not
take into account a phenomenon dubbed “marriage tourism,” which involves
same-sex couples visiting a state mostly to get married; so it’s
possible the economic impact could be even greater than the study
The study also found that more than 9,800 out of more than
19,600 same-sex marriage couples in Ohio would marry within three years
if it was legal, and nearly 900 out of nearly 1,800 in Hamilton County
would marry within three years.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg previously touted
same-sex marriage legalization for its economic boost to his city. He said it had
produced $259 million in economic growth in New York City.
0 Comments · Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Dear Close Male Friends: There have been
times over the years when some or most of you entered into serious,
sometimes long-term relationships. I believe I have been extremely
patient with each of you, understanding that your respective significant
other might be meeting various universal human needs and making your
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I want to thank Joe Wessels for his well written and much needed column on today's newspaper journalism ('Read All About It While You Can,' issue of Oct. 1). My wife and I have seen a continuing decline in the quality and abundance of good journalism in newspapers today.
0 Comments · Tuesday, September 23, 2008
My head’s killing me this morning. I have a headache because I’m thinking too much about same-sex marriages and all the judgmental crap that goes with it. I have Gary and William, my gay friends — indirectly — to thank for the Tylenol I’m taking. I met them in the fall of 1994.