Statement of Rep. Stinziano on Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The following statement may be attributed in full or in part to Representative Michael Stinziano (D – Columbus), the Ranking Democrat on the Ohio House Judiciary Committee, on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges

"Thanks to the United States Supreme Court, marriage equality has finally come to Ohio. By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court decided in Obergefell v. Hodges that the right to marry is a fundamental right and that states cannot ban same sex marriage.  All Ohioans can marry here and their outside marriage must also be recognized. 

Now, the Ohio General Assembly needs to get to work to change any laws that discriminate against same sex couples. 

A good way to start is by allowing same-sex marriages and receptions to be held at the Statehouse. 

The Statehouse is the “People’s House,” and I remain committed to making sure that everyone who wants to marry there can. 

In light of today’s Supreme Court decision, I call on the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board to change its discriminatory policies immediately.” 

Note:  The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board oversees the Statehouse which is located in Rep. Stinziano’s district.