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Newsmakers: June 30, 2013

Updated: Friday, July 26 2013, 01:45 PM EDT
Part One
"But what I do think
from a cultural stand point, its almost inevitable that we'll have same
sex marriage in Ohio and other states," says Jeff Caywood of Clifton on
the implications of Supreme Court rulings.

The final week of
the Supreme Court session always brings major decisions. This year was
no different. Early in the week, the court struck down major provisions
of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the heart of the Civil Rights Movement.

Then
on Wednesday, the court overturned as unconstitutional the 1996 Federal
Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA prevented same sex couples, married in
states that sanction same sex marriages, from being recognized states
that did not. It also prevented the Federal Government from
recognizing same sex married couples from being recognized as spouses
under federal laws and enjoying federal marriage benefits.

The
reaction to the ruling in the gay and lesbian community was celebratory
from the steps of the Supreme Court, to cities across the nation. That
decision creates a new framework, but raises thousands of practical
questions, especially for same sex couples in states like Ohio, which
has state DOMA written into its constitution.

To discuss some
of those questions, Dan spoke with Scott Knox, a Cincinnati attorney who
serves many gay and lesbian individuals and same sex couples who have
to deal with legal issues in the current legal structures.

Part Two

Every
week Dan ends by encouraging you to tune in again next week to meet the
women and men shaping our community for a better future. Dan wanted to
end with one of the many people he has met who are principled, brave
and committed to the welfare of others and who brings me hope that the
future of this community is more promising than the present or past.

Dan
was once again joined by Lynn Meyers, the producing artistic director
of the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati for the last 17 years.

Special note from Dan Hurley:
After 16 plus years in this slot, 11 am on Sunday mornings on Local 12,
Newsmakers is changing air times and location on the dial. Beginning
next Sunday, to accommodate our new live Sunday morning newscast, we
will air first at six am, right here on Local 12. Then we will re-air
at 11:30, but on our sister station, the CW. That's channel 20 on Time
Warner Cable, channel 25 on Insight Cable and Direct TV, and channel 17
on Fioptics.   I am very aware that this will, at least temporarily,
impact viewership, but I believe in this program, and am committed to
rebuilding our audience by the fall election cycle. I hope you will
stick with us and search us out, whether at six on Local 12, 11:30 on
the CW or anytime on the web. Have a great week. And on July 4th, take
some time and read
the Declaration of Independence. Not just the opening paragraph that
everyone knows, but the whole thing. There is nothing like going back to
the sources of our public life.
Newsmakers: June 30, 2013


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