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More Work Ahead for Ohio Marriage Equality Supporters

COLUMBUS (Ben Garbarek) – Many marriage equality supporters in Ohio cheered the rulings by the Supreme Court on two separate cases involving same-sex marriage.

“Wow,” said Elyzabeth Holford, the Executive Director of Equality Ohio.  “I’m absolutely, really excited.”

However the rulings have little impact on Ohioans for the time being.

“We have so much work to do in Ohio,” she said.

The Supreme Court didn’t go as far as requiring all states to recognize same-sex unions from states that have decided to allow it.  

Karen and Dorrie Andermills were the first couple in Ohio to travel to Vermont for a civil union when that became legal a decade ago.

“It sounds like to me if we moved to Vermont, we’d qualify for each other’s Social Security,” Karen Andermills said.  “But not here in Ohio.”

Ohio doesn’t recognize same-sex unions.  

“In Ohio, we are still no more than good friends,” said her partner Dorrie.

Supporters say the good news from the ruling is that it gives their movement momentum and hope that change is on the way.

“The foot is on the accelerator in a way that it wasn’t before,” Karen Andermills said.

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