On September 25, 2018 the Cuyahoga County Council passed an LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance by a vote of 8-3.
The words represented in this blog reflect the sentiments that the ACLU of Ohio’s General Counsel Susan Becker presented at the Cuyahoga County Council meeting on September 25, 2018.
Do your job.
That, in a nutshell, is the advice offered recently by the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Board of Professional Conduct to judges who decline to marry same-sex couples based on their personal, moral, or religious beliefs.
The board’s advisory opinion provided guidance on two questions:
- May a judge who performs civil marriages refuse same-sex couples while continuing to marry opposite sex couples?
In Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the constitution guarantees the rights and responsibility of marriage to same-sex couples.
Now that marriage equality is the law of the land, let’s take a look at what the clash of judicial opinions tells us of the justices’ perceptions of gay and lesbian couples, and their families, and what they could mean to equality going forward.
Oral arguments provide a small window into the super-secretive process of Supreme Court deliberations. Justices frequently telegraph their views on the case in the questions they ask and their reactions to the attorneys’ answers.
These often-feisty exchanges between justices and attorneys–and sometimes between the justices themselves–do not, however, always predict how the Court will rule.
Susan J. Becker is a member of the ACLU of Ohio board of directors and a volunteer attorney in the Cleveland office.
When faced with a major health threat in this country, elected and appointed officials charged with protecting public health tend to employ a false dichotomy.