Rep. Antonio Applauds High Court's Ruling
Civil rights protected in decisions

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled this week on two historical cases that affect the rights of families. The court used its final day of the term to rule the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and dismissed the Proposition 8 case on standing. 

 “I share the celebration of the SCOTUS decision. Our relationships matter,” said Rep. Antonio. “This decision paves the way for marriage equality-something I hope is possible for my partner of 19 years, Jean Kosmac and I to experience in our lifetime.”

 Ultimately these rulings will give legally married, same-sex couples rights and benefits recognized by the federal government as all other marriages enjoy.  Proposition 8 did not have standing and will allow marriage between same-sex couples in the state of California.

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The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences released the report “Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis” Tuesday, highlighting the grim realities many in the state are experiencing, but also making a case for greater treatment access and expanded educational and economic opportunities for Ohioans.

“This report confirms that treatment is necessary to stem the tide of this opioid crisis, and clearly we do not have enough treatment options currently available,” said Antonio. “We can do better. We must do better. Taxpayers deserve better economic opportunities, a strong and affordable educational foundation, and greater access to healthcare services – all things that we know will prevent opioid addiction and abuse.”

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