Senator Rob Portman to protect same-sex marriage
The Ohio Supreme Court rejected another congressional card. Democrats say the attorney general should step down and Congress is moving forward with protections for same-sex marriage.
We break down what it all means in this week’s episode of Ohio Politics Explained.
This is a USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau podcast where we bring you up to date political news in the state in 15 minutes or less. This week, host Anna Staver was joined by journalist Jessie Balmert.
1) Portman takes action to protect same-sex marriage
Four Republican representatives from Ohio voted with House Democrats on Tuesday to pass legislation that would enshrine federal protections for same-sex and interracial marriage.
The bill has a more uncertain future in the US Senate, but Republican Senator from Ohio, Rob Portman plans to co-sponsor him.
If passed, all marriages deemed valid by a state would be recognized by the federal government.
2) Resignation rejected
Ohio Democrats called on Attorney General Dave Yost to resign over comments he made doubt the existence of the 10-year-old girl who traveled to Indiana for an abortion.
Yost then said the girl didn’t need to leave Ohio to get an abortion, but doctors and lawmakers disagreed with her assessment.
“The Ohio Democratic Party has so little faith in its nominee for Attorney General that it is resorting to Ave Marie, who will be crushed by Ohio voters,” the spokeswoman said. the Yost campaign, Amy Natoce.
3) Two years after Householder’s arrest
Former Ohio President Larry Householder is still a free man two years after his arrest for federal bribery and racketeering.
The FBI alleges that the Perry County Republican accepted and spent millions of dollars in bribes from FirstEnergy in exchange for favorable legislation. Two other men pleaded guilty and another co-accused death by suicide.
Householder pleaded not guilty with Matt Borges, the former chairman of the Ohio Republican Party.
4) Another redistricting
Supreme Court of Ohio rejected the third congressional card this week, calling it unconstitutional.
The card will be used for the November election thanks to a federal court ruling. So the court ordered Ohio lawmakers to draw a new one for 2024 within 30 days. If they don’t, the Ohio Redistricting Commission will then have 30 days to draw one.
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