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Equality Ohio provides information on various LGBT-related issues in Ohio, discusses current laws, and provides opportunities to get involved in making the state more LGBT-friendly.

State Issue 1 (Passed November 2, 2004) Information

Be it Resolved by the People of the State of Ohio:

That the Constitution of the State of Ohio be amended by adopting a section to be designated as Section 11 of Article XV thereof, to read as follows:

Article XV Section 11. Only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this state and its political subdivisions. This state and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effect of marriage.


The passage of state Issue 1, a ban on nontraditional marriages, in Ohio's 2004 election will be far reaching. But please know this: As a private university, Case's domestic partner benefits are not affected by this constitutional amendment.

We remain steadfastly committed to respecting all members of our community and according every individual the same freedoms and rights, including domestic partner benefits.

Our support for diversity on this campus—and, in particular, for our members who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender—is unshaken by this vote. If anything, it warrants a recommitment on all of our parts to ensuring that the Case campus is open and welcoming to all.

This institution would like to express solidarity to the state's public universities, a group bound by Issue 1. At Case Western Reserve University tolerance and respect in our widely diverse culture is a core value, one we celebrate in many ways. We are all privileged to live, work, and learn in this environment. We must never take it for granted. We encourage all to look within yourselves and search for ways to champion the defining values of diversity and tolerance.