ACLU of Ohio

Richard Cordray
WIKIMEDIA

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, December 5th:

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JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Issue 1, the constitutional amendment that gives crime victims legal standing, was overwhelming approved by Ohio voters at the ballot box. It passed 83-17.

A surprising win, even for supporters
Dr. Henry Nicholas financed most of the Ohio campaign to pass Issue 1, known as Marsy’s Law. It’s named for his sister, who was killed by her boyfriend in 1983. Nicholas flew in from California to be with supporters of Marsy’s Law as the results came in on Election Night. And he seemed surprised at its overwhelming passage.

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Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Next week’s statewide ballot is topped off by a question about the rights of victims of crime -- and their place in the Ohio Constitution. Issue 1 is also known as Marsy’s Law.

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The U.S. Justice Department has taken an unusual move. It reversed its position on a high-profile US Supreme Court case involving Ohio’s process for maintaining voter rolls.

U.S. Justice Department attorneys have filed a friend of the court brief, saying Ohio can legally remove voters flagged as inactive or those who have failed to respond to recent mailings.

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Quinn Dombrowski

The ACLU of Ohio is defending a Columbus City School employee who posted hateful comments against LGBTQ people and the city’s Pride Festival.

Chris Dodds works for the Columbus City school district’s garage. A post from his account used a slur to describe gay people and said they should be “killed or at least relocated.”

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