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Cleveland Vows Marriage Equality for Ohio in Mass Ceremony: VIDEO


After a rally at Cleveland City Hall this weekend organized by Equality Ohio, more than 250 people exchanged vows at the Cleveland Galleria.

The Plain Dealer reports:

Hundreds of friends and relatives of the brides and grooms joined the celebration as eight priests and ministers recited marriage vows to couples of all ages. The afternoon ceremony followed more than an hour of speeches by activists on the steps of Cleveland City Hall, where a gay pride flag flew under the American flag. One speaker, Judy Benson of Old Lesbians Organizing for Change, said the move for marital rights is not just cosmetic or symbolic...

...Promoters pointed out that even though Saturday's ceremony is not legal, it could provide some of the paperwork needed for obtaining a marriage license, if gay marriage is ever recognized in Ohio. it will provide some of the paperwork needed for obtaining a marriage license should gay marriage ever be recognized in Ohio.

Watch a great report on the rally from Vision Video and a report on the vows ceremony from FOX8, AFTER THE JUMP...


A news report from FOX8:

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  1. oops... typo, you repeated the same sentence at the end there... FYI. :-)

    Posted by: johnny | Mar 26, 2012 12:28:11 PM

  2. Your article is very appealing to me.

    Posted by: resumewritersworld | Mar 26, 2012 12:57:32 PM

  3. Go Cleveland! As a Shaker resident, I'm thrilled to see this. We're a rare blue dot in an otherwise red ocean of the Buckeye State.

    Posted by: Pitt90 | Mar 26, 2012 1:01:17 PM

  4. It was said: "even though Saturday's ceremony is not legal" -- this is not true: The ceremony and the marriages were certainly Legal -- even if just as political protest, the right to freely assemble, free speech, redress grievances etc etc -- Still, there is no law preventing gay marriages, from gay folks saying they're married, or using the word "married," nor preventing clergy or others to officiate at gay marriages in Ohio, or anywhere else in this nation.

    The "ban" on these marriages is against the government -- the government is banned from recognizing the marriages that are perfectly legal. The bans, DOMA and the mini-DOMAs don't make any statement about gay marriages except that they are not allowed to be recognized by bureaucrats. No gay person can be charged with a crime of "getting married" or saying "we're married," nor is there any penalty against any citizen, gay or straight, from recognizing the marriages, or saying they're married. Even elected officials and bureaucrats might say they recognize the marriages.

    The law merely states that the gov't can't recognize reality -- which is a very strange law indeed.

    Posted by: Jim Hlavac | Mar 26, 2012 1:10:51 PM

  5. There are Blue dots all over America, it's time we speak up....

    Posted by: John Normile | Mar 26, 2012 4:39:58 PM

  6. This reminds me of when my partner and I took part in a very ragtag Gay Pride March in Cleveland in, I think, 1991 right after we met. The key speakers were a couple suing Washington D.C. to for the right to marry. It was a cold long march without any floats or banners, but there was a group commitment ceremony at the end of the parade that we participated in. We have been together for twenty-one years and we are still waiting to really get married. It is not yet legal in Oregon where we live now and we don't want to go to another state to get a piece of paper that won't carry any wait at home.

    On another note, we did get married in Portland during the very brief period when Multnomah county issued marriage license. We still have the license framed and the letter that came later that voided it.

    Posted by: PatricknChuck | Mar 26, 2012 10:01:39 PM

  7. Until we all are united we won't get any rights. We still have too many uneducated, self-hating gays who vote Republican and it takes away from our power.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jun 27, 2012 11:42:55 PM

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