posted Feb 23, 2011, 1:16 PM by Michael Chanak
Obama Administration has just announced its assessment that the
so-called Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") is unconstitutional and that
it will no longer defend the Act in court. The statement released by
Attorney General Eric Holder can be read here. Equality Ohio will keep you updated on futher developments related to DOMA.
1. Representatives Ross McGregor (R - Springfield) and Nickie Antonio (D - Lakewood) to reintroduce EHEA in Ohio House - The
Equal Housing and Employment Act (EHEA), which would prohibit
discrimination in housing and employment on the basis of sexual
orientation, is expected to be introduced in the House by Reps. Ross
McGregor (R) and Nickie Antonio (D). Equality Ohio met recently with
Reps. McGregor and Antonio, and we will be working closely with them on
navigating the bill through the current General Assembly. Last year,
EHEA was the first pro-equality bill to pass any chamber of the Ohio
General Assembly, but it stalled in the State Senate. We have
established a base of support for EHEA in both the House and Senate, but
it is extremely important for our community to mobilize in support of
this bill to broaden its support. Lobby Day on May 18th is an
important opportunity for you to talk to your representatives about this
and other pro-equality legislation, and we hope that you will join us
then. We also ask that you reach out to friends and family who live in
areas where the current legislators are not supportive of EHEA so that
they understand their constituents support it. In the coming months, we
will specifically identify those representatives who we believe are
potential supporters and do targeted outreach in those communities. Click here to read a recent article about EHEA.
2. 2011 CAUSE Conference Save the Date and Call for Proposals - April 1-3! Hosted
by Equality Ohio at Columbus State Community College (CSCC) - tentative
schedule includes an invitation to attend Fusion Friday at The Ohio
State University on April 1, conference sessions Saturday and Sunday (ending at noon), and an optional group outing to Gallery Hop in Columbus's Short North Saturday night.
planning committee is currently accepting proposals for workshops,
caucuses, panels and presentations. Please submit the following to email@example.com by Friday, March 12:
-Detailed description of the topic
-Goals or what attendees should get out of the session
-Required supplies (i.e. a computer, projector, etc.)
Please limit presentations to 1 to 1.5 hours in length.
Register for the conference here.
Presented by the Hermes Foundation (Sustaining Sponsor)
Equality Ohio honors the many faces of our movement during Black History Month.
Alvin Ailey, Audre Lorde, Barbara Jordan, RuPaul and Bayard Rustin
Black History Month Profiles here.
Same-sex parenting cases are beginning to reach the Ohio Supreme Court.
Updates: Case Number 2010 - 0276 (Re: Lucy Kathleen Mullen) - See oral arguments at Ohio Supreme Court - more.
Here is the case that is referred to in the testimony in Re: Lucy Kathleen Mullen. Case Number 2001 - 0625 (Teri J. Bonfield and Shelly M. Zachritz) - See oral arguments at Ohio Supreme Court - more.
|3. Gill Foundation invests $25,000 in Equality Ohio through matching gift - In November 2010, Equality Ohio was awarded a matching grant of $25,000 from the Gill Foundation. For every new monthly donor
to our Equality Council - the leadership giving group of Equality Ohio
of $100 or more per month - the Gill Foundation will match the first
$500 - more.
|4. Local Action Team Trainings for Lobby Day for Equality 2011 -
Join us for a Local
Action Team Training and get information about the EHEA and other
legislative priorities for this year, learn what progress has been made
in the past year with your legislator, and practice and prepare with
others from your area in advance of meeting with your representative.
March 26th, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
March 26th, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church -Register Here
Western Ohio - Dayton
April 16th, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cross Creek Community Church - Register Here
Eastern Ohio - Mt. Vernon
May 7th, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Social Room, 1st Congregational United Church of Christ - Register Here
Southeast Ohio - Athens
May 7th, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 pm.
Athens Community Gateway for the Arts - Register Here
Northeast Ohio - Akron
May 8th, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Student Union Room 316 - Register Here (Parking is not a problem) Cleveland, Canton, and Youngstown are being planned - time, date and place TBD
Central Ohio - Columbus
May 14th, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Southwest Ohio - Cincinnati and Oxfod are being planned for the weekend of April 9-10. Time and place TBD
Others are being considered as time and schedule allow. Want a training in your area? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our State Policies (Reminder):
The Ohio Department of Public Safety created the Next of Kin Registry
that allows residents to declare their next of kin for the benefit of
first responders at the site of an accident. For more information click here.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety Bureau of Motor
Vehicles changed their policy to allow pre-operative transgender Ohioans
to change the gender marker on their driver’s license. For more information click here.
Effective in 2010, the Ohio Department of Insurance
succeeded in changing the State Income Tax Code to stop charging State
Income Tax to the employee on employer paid portions of domestic partner benefits.
Spousal benefits are exempt from both State and Federal Income Taxes.
Ohio’s same-sex couples still have to pay Federal Income Tax on these
benefits. Ask your human resource professional or tax preparer for more
|5. Clergy Call for Equality - This
May 22-24, we encourage you to join HRC’s Religion and Faith Program
and hundreds of fellow religious leaders from across the country to
build the faithful movement for LGBT justice. Now more than ever we
need religious leaders like you to keep equality at the forefront of our
nation’s conscience. Sign up now for the 2011 Clergy Call for Justice
and Equality in Washington, DC and gather with colleagues from Ohio
and beyond to organize, learn, worship and bring your witness for
justice to Capitol Hill. Learn more at www.hrc.org/clergycall.
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