Domestic partnership in Ohio

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Several jurisdictions in the U.S. state of Ohio have established domestic partnerships for same-sex couples. The fate of these partnerships remains uncertain since marriage has become available to all couples.[1]

Local level[edit]

Map of Ohio counties, cities, and villages that offer domestic partner benefits either county-wide or in particular cities. Note: Map may not list all current localities.
  City or village offers domestic partner benefits
  County-wide partner benefits through domestic partnership
  County, city, or village does not offer domestic partner benefits

Columbus[edit]

In December 1998, the Columbus City Council approved benefits for domestic partners, then two months later unanimously repealed them after residents threatened a referendum.[2]

On July 30, 2012, the Columbus City Council approved benefits for domestic partners. It went into effect on August 29, 2012.[3]

Cleveland Heights[edit]

On April 15, 2002, the Cleveland Heights City Council approved, by a 6-1 vote, of a domestic partnership registry for cities employees. It went into effect on May 15, 2002.[4][5]

On November 4, 2003, voters in Cleveland Heights approved Issue 35, which created a municipal domestic partnership registry in the city. The domestic partnership registry went into effect on January 26, 2004.[6]

Toledo[edit]

On November 13, 2007, the Toledo City Council approved, by a 10-2 vote, of a domestic partnership registry in the city. On November 21, 2007, Mayor Carty Finkbeiner signed it into law. It went into effect on December 21, 2007.[7][8]

Cleveland[edit]

On December 8, 2008, the Cleveland City Council approved, by a 13-7 vote, of a domestic partnership registry in the city. On December 10, 2008, Mayor Frank G. Jackson signed it into law. It went into effect on April 9, 2009.[9][10]

Yellow Springs[edit]

On September 8 and September 21, 2009, the Yellow Springs Village Council voted 5–0 in favor of a domestic partnership registry in the city.[11][12]

Franklin County[edit]

On August 18, 2009, the Franklin County commissioners approved of a domestic partnership registry in the county. It went into effect on January 1, 2010.[13]

Athens[edit]

On July 1, 2011, the Athens City Council approved of a domestic partnership registry in the city. It went into effect on June 16, 2011.[14][15]

Dayton[edit]

On May 2, 2012, the Dayton City Council unanimously approves of a domestic partnership registry in the city. It went into effect on June 1, 2012.[16]

Cincinnati[edit]

On May 2, 2012, the Cincinnati City Council approved, by a 8-1 vote, of a domestic partnership registry in the city. It went into effect on June 1, 2012.[16]

Cuyahoga County[edit]

On February 14, 2012, the Cuyahoga County Council approved, by a 6-4 vote, of a domestic partnership registry in the county.[17]

Oberlin[edit]

On September 21, 2012, the Oberlin City Council unanimously approves of a domestic partnership registry in the city. It went into effect on October 17, 2012.[18]

Lakewood[edit]

In October 2013, the city of Lakewood said it would extend domestic partnerships benefits in the city in 2014.[19]

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