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Cleveland City Council passes marriage equality resolution

Cleveland City Council passes same-sex marriage resolution (Source: Raycom) Cleveland City Council passes same-sex marriage resolution (Source: Raycom)
The Cleveland City Council has passed a marriage equality resolution.

It's a non-binding resolution, but Cleveland has now joined Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton in adopting resolutions supporting same-sex marriage.

More than 30 states have legalized same-sex marriage. Ohio is not one of them.

Same-sex marriage has been banned in Ohio since voters weighed in back in 2004. But the campaign to change the law has been going on ever since.

On Monday, Cleveland's City Council voted to approve a resolution calling for marriage equality in the state.

Councilman Joe Cimperman sponsored the bill.

"There are individuals who are citizens who are constituents who are taxpayers who are people who are asking for something that's very basic," Cimperman said during Monday night's meeting.

Councilman Brian Cummins also supported the resolution.

"It's a very personal matter to me," Cummins said. "I've actually attended several gay marriage ceremonies. I'm proud of that. I think it gives me insight into the diversity of our city and our world."

Councilman Zack Reed voted against the resolution.

"You cannot change the Bible.  You cannot change scripture," he said.

After the meeting, Christopher K. Geggie, the campaign manager for Why Marriage Matters Ohio, said he was happy the resolution passed.

"It's joining Cleveland to the chorus of other voices around Ohio that says we are ready for the freedom to marry," Geggie said. "We've gone on a very long journey since 2004 when the constitutional ban came into place. From every single segment of our state, people are saying that Ohio is ready."

Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on the same-sex marriage issue.

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