Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-06-08



Ohio caravan members and Indiana guests wed in Chicago
by Matt Simonette

This article shared 12 times since Fri Apr 11, 2014
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

      More Photos

Just three days before a judge issued a ruling saying that the state of Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, three lesbian couples journeyed from the Buckeye State to Chicago as part of what they called a "marriage caravan."

Additional photos at .

The women, who were joined April 11 in Chicago by another couple, from Indiana, hoped to send a message to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine not to appeal the marriage ruling, which had been scheduled for April 14.

The caravan was the brainchild of activist donors Rick Neal and Tom Grote of Columbus, Ohio, who brought along their two young daughters for the trip. Neal said the preliminary announcement of the decision was 'energizing' for the state's LGBT community and they wanted to do something to bring more marriages into Ohio. Neal and Grote had a commitment ceremony in 2007 and a Massachusetts wedding last year. Grote is a founding member of Equality Ohio.

Ashley Billey of Cleveland said she and her partner, Shayla Shannon, found out about the Caravan on Equality Ohio's Facebook page. The couple have been together for three years and "had been discussing our options," Billey said. "But now seemed like a good time, while everyone was in preparation for the judge's decision—we wanted it to have meaning."

Billey said that she and Shannon were excited about the prospect of having the marriage be official. "Without any rights in our own state, it's just a piece of paper."

Cara Blessing and Chelsea Bolyard of Columbus also have been together for 3 years, and said a primary motivation for them came from just having gone through custody issues. "We want legal rights," said Blessing. "We want to protect our own legal rights and the rights of our children."

Jennifer Lape and Leah Kaiser of Columbus, together for six years, had long been considering in which state they should get married. Kaiser said they felt that the caravan provided "a great opportunity" to finally wed.

Photographers Amy Clark and Jackie Shull came along to document the trip.

Heather Tribble and Megan Pitzer, of Lafayette, Ind., and some of their family members, were in line behind the caravan group and struck up a conversation. They ultimately were invited to join a wedding ceremony at City Hall that afternoon—the County Clerk's Office waived the 24-hour waiting period for the eight visitors. Tribble said that they'd been together for six years and one month; they had gotten engaged one month prior, on their six-year anniversary.

After obtaining their licenses, the couples crossed the street to City Hall, where they crowded into the office of Judge Martin Moltz. The four couples were presented with complimentary copies of the "official" version of their marriage certificate by Cook County Director of Vital Records Timothy Dever once their ceremonies were over.

"That's the last time anyone will ever get anything free from Cook County," joked Moltz.

According to County Clerk's Office officials, the four couples were the 907th, 908th, 909th and 910th same-sex couples to be wed in Cook County.

The April 14 decision, handed down by U.S. District Judge Timothy Black, struck down portions of Ohio's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and withholding legal respect for same-sex couples.

Also please see Federal Judge: Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages 2014-04-14 at the link: .

This article shared 12 times since Fri Apr 11, 2014
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Gay News

WORLD Zelensky, French position, UK drag-queen shows, triathlons 2022-08-07
- Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed he will ask Ukraine's government to look into legalizing same-sex marriage after the war with Russia ends, PinkNews reported. Ukraine's constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Last ...

Gay News

Senate vote on marriage bill pushed back to September 2022-08-01
- Hope for a quick vote on the Respect for Marriage Act in the U.S. Senate this week has faded, but U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin said over the weekend that she has 10 Republican senators willing to ...

Gay News

WORLD Cuban referendum, Gay Games, Berlin attacks, Indian trans men 2022-07-31
- Cuba's parliament announced that the country will hold a referendum on the legalization of same-sex marriage and surrogate parenthood, Deutsche Welle reported. The referendum on the new family law is scheduled to be held Sunday, Sept. ...

Gay News

Andorra passes civil marriage for same-sex couples 2022-07-22
- On July 21, lawmakers in the tiny European country of Andorra voted unanimously to extend civil marriage rights to same-sex couples, The Los Angeles Blade reported. Andorra is a small country known for its ski areas ...

Gay News

U.S. House passes Respect for Marriage Act 2022-07-19
- On July 19, almost 50 House Republicans joined Democrats to pass legislation that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enshrine marriage equality into federal law, Axios reported. The legislation, approved 267-157, is part of ...

Gay News

Catholic hospital system denies fertility treatments for LGBTQ+ couples 2022-07-19
- An Illinois-based Catholic hospital system that employs more than 24,000 people will only cover fertility treatments for workers in opposite-sex marriages—a policy some lawyers say could violate federal discrimination statutes ...

Gay News

Ted Cruz wants marriage equality revoked 2022-07-18
- To the surprise of few, a leading Republican figure would like marriage equality overturned. On July 16, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said the U.S. Supreme Court was "clearly wrong" and "overreaching" when it legalized same-sex ...

Gay News

WORLD Slovenia marriage item, Antigua and Barbuda, Berlin mosque 2022-07-10
- In Slovenia, the Constitutional Court legalized same-sex marriage and adoptions after finding a law under which only heterosexual partners can marry and same-sex couples cannot adopt children to be in contravention of the constitutional ban on ...

Gay News

WORLD KyivPride, Romanian bill, marriage items, Cynthia Erivo 2022-07-03
- Ukraine's largest LGBTQ+-rights event, KyivPride, went ahead as a peace march—in Warsaw, Poland, CNBC reported. It joined Warsaw's yearly Equality Parade, the largest such event in central Europe, using it as a platform to keep international ...

Gay News

VIEWS How same-sex couples can ensure parenting rights if Supreme Court reverses Obergefell 2022-06-30
By Jeffery M. Leving - After the U.S. Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade last week, many are now wondering if the court would go after same-sex marriage next. Justice Samuel Alito, in his majority decision, wrote that nothing in its ...

Gay News

WORLD Japanese ruling, Pride events, Colombia election, Boris Johnson 2022-06-26
- A Japanese court ruled that the country's ban on same-sex marriage does not violate the constitution, and rejected demands for compensation by three couples who said their right to free union and equality has been violated, ...

Gay News

Supreme Court justice says marriage-equality ruling should be reconsidered 2022-06-24
- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas argued in a concurring opinion regarding the revocation of the constitutional right to abortion that the U.S. Supreme Court "should reconsider" its past rulings codifying rights to contraception access, same-sex ...

Gay News

Clela Rorex, first County Clerk to issue same-sex marriage licences, has died 2022-06-20
-- From a press release - BOULDER, CO - Out Boulder County and the family of Clela Rorex are saddened to announce the death of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer pioneering ally, Clela Rorex. On March 27,1975 Clela issued the first ...

Gay News

WORLD Pride disruption, trans journalists, Tunisian play, marriage bills 2022-06-19
- Turkish police officers carrying clear-plastic riot shields, wielding batons and deploying pepper powder balls as well as tear gas violently broke up a Pride parade that Middle East Technical University students organized in the capital of ...

Gay News

NATIONAL Marriage poll, Family Equality event, podcast, NYC Pride 2022-06-12
- GLAAD responded to a Gallup poll showing 71% of Americans support marriage equality—another record high for the poll conducted each year since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing marriage for LGBTQ people nationwide. In a ...


Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.







About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.