COLUMBUS, Ohio -
Ohio still defines marriage as between a man and a woman
following a pair of U.S. Supreme Court rulings. The state prohibits same sex
marriage both in statute and in a constitutional amendment approved by voters in
The Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of
Marriage Act giving the nation's legally married gay couples equal federal
footing with all other married Americans.
Ohio State University law professor Marc Spindler said
the ruling was more far-reaching than anticipated.
basis for its (the court's) decision is grounded in principles of equality,
that same sex relationships are just like their cross sex counterparts,"
Spindler said. "And the reasoning, of course, not only applies to the federal
defense of marriage act but to state bans on same sex marriage - that's the
Charles Tassell, a lobbyist for the Cincinnati based
Citizens for Community Values, said despite the court rulings, nothing changes
"Both (Justices) Kennedy and Roberts, in their statements, said this is
an issue for the states to handle," Tassell said. "This is an issue that should
be debated in the states and in 2004, the issue was settled by 62 percent that marriage
is defined as one man and one woman."
Elyzabeth Holford of Equality Ohio said say the Supreme
Court rulings give supporters of same sex marriage added momentum.
"One of the
things that is a clear path is to put together a constitutional amendment
process that actually repeals both the defense of marriage act and repeals our
marriage ‘inequality amendment' that we currently have in Ohio and then
replaces that with language in an amendment that creates the right to marry in