LGBT Rights

Ohio Supreme Court Orders Lower Courts to View Family Terms as Gender Neutral

06.27.15

On June 26, the Supreme Court of Ohio issued an order to facilitate the implementation of the  U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling. The order instructs all courts dealing with domestic relations issues (marriage, divorce, adoption, etc.) to use gender-neutral terms, instead of “husband” and “wife,” or “father” and “mother,” in all court rules and forms. This order should help streamline the process of executing the historic decision by allowing the courts to continue using current rules and forms while new ones are prepared.