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Is Your Driver’s License in Good Standing?

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have been paying more attention than usual to our physical health over these past few weeks which is incredibly important. However, while we’re at home, it is also important to do a quick check-up on our legal health. Equality Ohio Legal Clinic is invested in both the […]

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The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of the Victims of Crime Compensation Program

In our latest legal clinic vlog, our Southwest attorney, Emily Meyer discusses various aspects to the Victim of Crime compensation program in the state of Ohio. What is the Victims of Crime Compensation Program? If you are a certain victim of certain crimes you may be eligible for financial assistance from the state for expenses […]

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Criminal Record Sealing and Expungement in Ohio

As a result of the pandemic, hundreds of thousands of our fellow Ohioans are unemployed. For queer people who have been involved with the criminal justice system, it may be even more difficult now to find a decent job that pays a liveable wage or to secure safe housing. Fortunately, there are legal processes available […]

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Rent, Escrow, and Eviction

Despite the news and social media rumors, there is no statewide moratorium on rent in Ohio. There are some protections, but they vary widely by area and court––if you would like help with any of these protections you believe you are entitled to, contact us (below). Some good organizations are advocating for options here, but […]

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Professors Behaving Poorly

We are keeping our eye on two pending federal lawsuits—one filed in Ohio, the other in Kentucky—involving college professors behaving poorly on matters of gender identity. In each case, the action was filed by a professor facing negative consequences from his employer as a result of his behavior.

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Co-parenting options in Ohio during COVID-19

Ohio Governor Mike Dewine and Dr. Amy Acton recently extended his stay-at-home order for the state of Ohio due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This order has resulted in the temporary closure of many Ohio businesses and has left many people with questions about what is and what is not allowed under the order. In particular, […]

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You have until April 27 to mail in your Ohio primary ballot, but you have to mail in a request for it first.

The Ohio Legislature acted the Ohio’s primary election amid coronavirus disruption. Here’s what you need to know about completing your Ohio primary vote.  ♿️If you need to vote in-person because of a disability, you can skip these steps and vote in-person at your local county Board of Elections on April 28 only. ???? There will […]

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Unemployment Changes in Ohio due to COVID-19

Due to the recent coronavirus pandemic, many businesses in Ohio have been forced to temporarily shut their doors, leading to lost jobs and wages across the state. Our Southwest Ohio attorney, Emily Meyer, discusses Governor Mike DeWine’s expansions to unemployment benefits in our latest legal clinic video, in light of these recent developments. To receive […]

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SCOTUS to Consider if Religious Adoption Agencies Can Turn Away Same-Sex Parents

I vividly remember exactly where I was when the Obergefell v. Hodges decision was announced in the Summer of 2015. I was sitting in a living room, and the news was on as background noise. I cranked up the volume, and as I heard more of the story, I felt such a sense of victory!  […]

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Birth Certificates in Ohio and Indiana: An Update

We all rejoiced when the Obergefell v. Hodges decision was announced in 2015. Same-sex marriage became legal throughout the United States! A tremendous victory. But as these things go, a Supreme Court victory like that one, unfortunately, does not mean that all state laws and policies related to marriage and families and parentage change overnight. […]

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How will the Court’s employment discrimination cases impact other discrimination protections?

For the past several weeks, the Equality Ohio Legal Clinic has covered the trio of cases in front of the Supreme Court concerning Title VII employment protections for LGBTQ people on the basis of sex. I highly recommend the articles written by my colleagues Emily Meyer and Kate Mozynski if you need a quick refresher […]

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SCOTUS Oral Arguments on Title VII: A Debrief

If you’re a regular reader of our blog, or if you’ve been paying attention to the news in recent weeks, you may have read about the momentous trio of cases that were argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court last week. The Bostock, Zarda, and Harris Funeral Homes cases all deal with Title VII […]

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SCOTUS Arguments Demonstrate the Continuing Need to Educate our Courts

Last Tuesday, I felt like I was waiting with bated breath as I kept hitting “refresh” on the Supreme Court website. Finally, that afternoon, transcripts of two oral arguments were posted, and I started to read.  As many of us are aware, last Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard two oral arguments in three major […]

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Lawsuit Challenging Ohio’s Birth Certificate Policy: An Exciting Update!

Ohio’s Treatment of Transgender People Out of Line You may have heard that Ohio has the unfortunate distinction of being one of only two states in the entire United States that refuses to allow a person to correct the gender marker on their birth certificate. Ohio’s partner in embarrassment is the state of Tennessee. Both […]

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Tamper your High Expectations: Marijuana Possession vs State Law

After seeing Ohioans wearing shirts or waving flags with rainbow marijuana leaves across the state throughout Pride season, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to think that Ohio may have joined the growing number of states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. You may want to tamper any high expectations. Although medicinal marijuana is now legal […]

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An Update on ACLU’s Transgender Birth Certificate Lawsuit

Equality Ohio is proud to support our friends at the ACLU and all the work they have done to help transgender Ohioans. It’s been a while since we’ve shared an update on the birth certificate lawsuit, so we wanted to bring you up to speed. Unfortunately, the case has been progressing slowly so there are […]

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I’m LGBTQ—can I help my spouse get a green card?

Though there are many pathways to become a legal permanent resident in the United States, one common pathway to becoming a green card holder is through the filing of an I-130 Petition for an Alien Relative with United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). If one spouse is a US citizen or green card holder, […]

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Back to School: Creating a Welcoming Environment for LGBTQ Students

As my retired-school-teacher mother always says, once you start hearing those cicadas in Ohio in mid-August, you know a new school year is upon us. And here (and hear) we are. It’s a sorry fact that LGBTQ youth in our schools face increased harassment and bullying, by fellow students and also faculty and staff, as […]

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SCOTUS Term in Review and Fall Term Preview: An Uncertain Forecast

Last summer, the end of the Supreme Court’s term brought a variety of mixed emotions for advocates of LGBT rights. Disappointment with the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision, but pleased that a solid majority affirmed the concept of LGBT equal access to the marketplace. Despair over Justice Kennedy’s retirement. Doubts about a Supreme Court trending more conservative and dreading […]

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What’s the Doggone Law?

“Is that a service dog?” It’s one of the first questions business owners and employees ask when an animal walks into a public setting, like a store or restaurant. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of confusion about what makes a dog a service dog. Many people confuse service animals with therapy dogs or emotional support animals. […]

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Public Interest Law: An Intern’s Perspective

Public interest law may not be the sexy, high paying, high-intensity law that you see on TV. However, it is a necessary occupation that provides attorneys a rewarding and educational experience where they learn through the chaos and end up helping those who are unable to help themselves. As an intern at Equality Ohio, I’ve […]

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LGBTQ Parenting: What You Need to Know About Adoption

It is the goal of many same-sex couples to start a family, married or otherwise. However, the process of bringing a child into the world, or adopting one, can be complex to navigate in Ohio, particularly in ensuring that parental rights are secured. Despite the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision that made same-sex marriage, […]

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Camping OUT With TGNC Kids

Summer camp is a right of passage for many—whether it be day camp, sleep-away camp, a specific interest program, or just pitching a pup tent in the backyard or living room, these memories can last a lifetime. LGBTQ children and young adults should not be left out of these experiences. But there are camps that […]

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Are you in Need of a Protection Order?

Unfortunately, many LGBTQ Ohioans face the risk of experiencing violence or other harassment by a loved one, family member, or other people in the community. The growing number of murders of trans women of color, some within our own state, are a heart wrenching recent example of violence directed at the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ victims […]

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Crime Victim’s Compensation helps Victims with Costs

Crimes like assault, human trafficking, domestic violence, and homicide can be extremely traumatic for survivors and family members and often lead to expensive medical bills and lost wages. Fortunately, there is a government fund that may offset some of that financial burden. The Victims of Crime Act (or “VOCA”) is a federal law that provides […]

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50 Years After Stonewall, Where is Ohio?

In 1971, Ohioans were traveling to New York City by carpool to join the Christopher Street Liberation Day march, which had begun the year before to commemorate the infamous Stonewall riots. The following year, the first All-Ohio Gay Conference took place in Columbus. The first Pride march in Ohio took place in Cincinnati in 1973. […]

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Drugs Courts Promote Recovery, Offer Second Chances Incarceration Can’t

Since its creation in 1996, the Ohio Drug Court program has expanded from 3 specialty dockets to 112, spanning 54 counties. Last month, Governor Mike DeWine proposed the creation of 30 additional drug courts across the state, especially in those 34 counties that do not have a specialty docket available. According to several surveys completed […]

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Possible LGBTQ Protections under EEOC

Despite the lack of explicit federal statutory protections against discrimination based upon sexual orientation and gender identity, there currently are some protections afforded by federal administrative agencies. One of these administrative protections is in the employment context.   The Civil Rights Act of 1964 created the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC is […]

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Ohio’s “Silent” Vital Records Policies

There are approximately 1.4 million transgender people currently living in the United States. We may never have an accurate account of how many gender variant people live here in Ohio, but with a population of roughly 11.7 million, I would confidently estimate it to be in the thousands. According to the National Center for Transgender […]

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Indigency: Can Your Civil Court Fees be Waived?

On March 22, 2019, Ohio Revised Code § 2323.311 became effective. Before this new statutory section was passed, Ohio law did not provide a uniform process for determining indigency (or lack of ability to pay) in civil cases, only in criminal proceedings. Without such a uniform process, low-income litigants often faced unnecessary hurdles in seeking […]

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Ohio’s New Record Sealing Process

There are many people in Ohio who have criminal convictions and are in need of a second chance. Unfortunately, second chances don’t come easily when one’s criminal conviction shows up on every rental background check, employment application, and other situations necessary to begin the process of starting over. Recently, Ohio changed its record sealing laws. […]

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Eviction Expungement in Cleveland

America is currently undergoing an eviction epidemic. In Cuyahoga County alone, over 27,000 eviction cases are filed every year, in large part due to lack of affordable housing options for low-income residents. Extreme hardship can often follow an eviction and make it incredibly difficult for residents to find proper housing. To remedy this, the Cleveland […]

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Equality Ohio Legal Clinic Welcomes New Staff Attorneys

We are excited to welcome Emily Meyer and Andy Dugan to the Equality Ohio family as Staff Attorneys for the new Equality Ohio Legal Clinic. Emily and Andy will traveling the state to provide much-needed legal services to LGBTQ Ohioans. Emily Meyer graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law and pursued a Master’s […]

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Conclusion: Bread-Breaking Time at SCOTUS: How a Narrow, Process-Based Free Exercise Clause Loss for Colorado Can Still Be Positive (if not a Win) for the LGBT Community

Welcome to the eighth and final part of a guest blog series titled Frosting on the Cakes: Non-Discrimination Laws, First Amendment in the Mix at Supreme Court (Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, No. 16-111). We are joined by guest author Chad M. Eggspuehler to look at the conclusion. Chad can be reached at chad.eggspuehler@tuckerellis.com. […]

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Part 7. Picking Up the Crumbs from the Masterpiece Argument: A Conversation With EO Executive Director Alana Jochum

Welcome to the seventh in an 8-part series titled Frosting on the Cakes: Non-Discrimination Laws, First Amendment in the Mix at Supreme Court (Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, No. 16-111). We are joined by guest author Chad M. Eggspuehler to dig into the dynamics of this case, what you need to know to follow […]

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Part 6. Get Out the Measuring Cups: Following the Recipe & Sifting Through This Week’s Argument

About this Blog Series Welcome to the sixth in an 8-part series titled Frosting on the Cakes: Non-Discrimination Laws, First Amendment in the Mix at Supreme Court (Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, No. 16-111). We are joined by guest author Chad M. Eggspuehler to dig into the dynamics of this case, what you need to […]

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Part 5. Free Association & Religious Liberty: The Straight Couples Only Club?

About this Blog Series Welcome to the fifth in an 8-part series titled Frosting on the Cakes: Non-Discrimination Laws, First Amendment in the Mix at Supreme Court (Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, No. 16-111). We are joined by guest author Chad M. Eggspuehler to dig into the dynamics of this case, what you need to […]

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Part 4. Mandating Pro-Manmarriage or Equal Access in the Marketplace

About this Blog Series Welcome to the fourth in an 8-part series titled Frosting on the Cakes: Non-Discrimination Laws, First Amendment in the Mix at Supreme Court (Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, No. 16-111). We are joined by guest author Chad M. Eggspuehler to dig into the dynamics of this case, what you need to […]

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Part 3. The Cake as Canvas and the Baker’s Veto.

About this Blog Series Welcome to the third in an 8-part series titled Frosting on the Cakes: Non-Discrimination Laws, First Amendment in the Mix at Supreme Court (Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, No. 16-111). Through the summer, we will be joined by guest author Chad M. Eggspuehler to dig into the dynamics of this case, […]

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Part 2. Cutting into this Cake: The Recipe for a Supreme Court Case

About this Blog Series Welcome to the second in an 8-part series titled Frosting on the Cakes: Non-Discrimination Laws, First Amendment in the Mix at Supreme Court (Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, No. 16-111). Through the summer, we will be joined by guest author Chad M. Eggspuehler to dig into the dynamics of this case, what […]

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Frosting on the Cakes: Introduction to the Bakery Case before the Supreme Court

Welcome to the first in an 8-part series titled Frosting on the Cakes: Non-Discrimination Laws, First Amendment in the Mix at Supreme Court (Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, No. 16-111). Through the summer, we will be joined by guest author Chad M. Eggspuehler to dig into the dynamics of this case, what you need […]

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