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Statehouse Agency To Review Wedding Ceremony Policy

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM

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Supporters of same-sex marriage in Ohio. (Brian Bull / ideastream)

The Ohio Statehouse’s managing agency will review its policy on wedding ceremonies, which could impact same-sex couples. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow has more on what’s next in the process.

As it stands, the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board does not allow a couple to hold a wedding ceremony in the Statehouse without an Ohio marriage certificate.

Some groups have claimed that this policy is discriminatory towards same-sex couples who, by state law, cannot obtain such a document in Ohio.

Democratic State Rep. Stephen Slesnick of Canton, who sits on the board, asked that a committee take a closer at the rule and possibly consider changes.

That committee will be open to the public. Any possible recommendations from the committee would then move back to the full board for a possible vote.

This move comes as a federal judge prepares to make a major ruling regarding the state’s law on same-sex marriage. The decision will mean Ohio must recognize the union of same-sex couples if they officially married in another state. The ruling does not lift Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage in-state. 

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