WCPO 9 On Your Side and DecodeDC are co-hosting an evening of conversation and consideration of the history, ideas and beliefs surrounding marriage. Four marriage experts are answering your questions about the future of matrimony. Fill out the box below to join in.
Question for Mr. Gerhadstein: can you outline the legal advantages afforded married couples? What's the legal difference between a "marriage" and a "civil union" in Ohio and how could that distinction impact a couple's legal rights?
by Daniel P.4/15/2015 6:48:21 PM
Do you think the upcoming Supreme Court cases will be the final word on gay marriage?
by Dave Holthaus edited by WCPO Admin4/15/2015 10:27:46 PM
Why do you think the public's attitude about gay marriage has changed so quickly?
by Dave Holthaus4/15/2015 10:27:50 PM
Why did the LGBT Community choose the path of changing the definition of marriage versus simply fighting for the same rights through a civil union? It seems this debate could have easily been resolved without having to change the definition of the word. That is why, I suspect, many feel that this is an attack on religion from a group that only represents 3% of our population. Thanks,
by Darwin4/15/2015 10:29:11 PM
houldnt a democratic society be able to choose which types of relationships it wishes to endorse?
Is it possible to make select endorsements without having to concede to all inclusive definitions in the name of equality?
If there are areas where the definition of marriage is causing the loss of civil rights, wouldn't it be be more logical to change the marriage requirement than to change the implemented voter selected definition of marriage?
by Jared Lee G. edited by WCPO Admin4/15/2015 10:29:43 PM
When the LGBT Community chooses the path of changing the definition of marriage versus simply fighting for the same rights through a civil union, does this create a legal precedent? It seems to me that this may open up a Pandora’s Box for preferential interpretation. What is to stop me from marrying anything that I feel is important to me as a life partner? You can argue that it would not be possible to marry your pet dog because they don’t possess the cognition needed to state that they are in acceptance of this contract, however, would that same hold true of a person who suffers from many possible mental impairments? Thanks,
People say opinions have changed, but I don't see that in my community. Why can't the government just issue some sort of civil union to couples but leave ceremonial marriages up to individual churches?
by JustDucky4/15/2015 11:55:20 PM
Gerhardstein: Ohio has reserved right to remove kids from nonbirth parent if birth parent dies in same sex cases #faceofmarriage