Ohio Queers is a new feature that will focus on lgbt-related legislation that is currently being debated at the Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, and other gay-centric news happening in the state at large.
Senate Bill 5 was passed by a 17-16 vote on Wednesday and is now on its way through Ohio’s Republican-controlled House.
And as I mentioned briefly before, SB5 has an amendment that would completely get rid of domestic partnerships for public employees, a right lgbt employees currently have becasue of a deal worked out by the current union agreement.
Think Progress has published the passage in the bill the discusses the issues of gay marriage sepcificially:
Sec. 3101.01 of S.B. 5: A marriage may only be entered into by one man and one woman. Any marriage between persons of the same sex is against the strong public policy of this state. Any marriage between persons of the same sex shall have no legal force or effect in this state and, if attempted to be entered into in this state, is void ab initio and shall not be recognized by this state. The recognition or extension by the state of the specific statutory benefits of a legal marriage to non-marital relationships between persons of the same sex or different sexes is against the strong public policy of this state. Any public act, record or judicial proceeding of this state, as defined in section 9.82 of the Revised Code, that extends the specific statutory benefits of legal marriage to non-marital relationships between persons of the same sex or different sexes is void.
Ohio already has an anti-gay marriage law on the books (added back in 2004). This just adds insult to injury.