Rep. Antonio Applauds Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
Historic court decision calls on Ohio to recognize all out-of-state marriages

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) released the following statement today after U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black ordered that Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages that were performed in other states.

“Ohio has always recognized out-of-state marriage certificates, and quite frankly it’s about time that someone condemned the discrimination same-sex married couples experience,” said Rep. Antonio.  “We have a long journey down the road to marriage equality in Ohio, but this ruling reassures me that we’re on the right track towards the granting of full citizenship and marriage equality for same sex couples in Ohio. This ruling gives me hope that sometime in the near future I too could marry Jean Kosmac – my partner of 20 years – a decision the State of Ohio denies to me today.”

In his ruling, Judge Black said that refusing to recognize an out-of-state gay marriage license is a violation of “constitutional rights…and has no legitimate justification.”  Judge Black has issued a temporary hold on enforcing his order until appeals are heard from both sides. 

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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.”

The report points to low education levels and limited job opportunities as central underlying causes of opioid abuse.