“There shall be no religious freedom in Ohio,” is not what The Board of Professional Conduct of the Supreme Court of Ohio said, but it might as well have been. The board determined that “Ohio judges who perform civil marriages may not ethically refuse to perform civil marriages involving same-sex couples while continuing to perform marriages involving opposite-sex couples.”
“Well, then I just won’t perform any marriages, at all.” Not so fast, hypothetical man. The board addressed you too. “Ohio judges may not ethically decline to perform all marriages in order to avoid marrying same-sex couples based on their personal, moral, or religious beliefs.” ∞∞∞∞∞ CLICK HERE FOR MORE »»»»
Researchers at Ohio State University (OSU) have grown a nearly complete human brain equivalent in size and structure to that of a five-week old fetus. Called a “brain organoid,” it was bioengineered using adult human skin cells and is the most advanced human brain model yet created in a laboratory.
The lab-grown fetal brain model is the result of four years of research by Rene Anand, professor of biological chemistry and pharmacology at OSU, and Susan McKay, a research associate in biological chemistry and pharmacology, aimed at finding a better alternative to conventional rodent studies. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
Ohio will vote on a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in November, state officials announced Wednesday.
If the measure passes, Ohio would become the fifth state and the first in the Midwest to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, in addition to the District of Columbia. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio judges who perform civil marriages may not refuse to conduct a ceremony for a gay couple, nor may they refuse to do all marriages based on personal beliefs opposing gay marriage, the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board for Professional Conduct said.
The ruling follows the refusal by a judge in Toledo to conduct a same-sex ceremony for a couple in July, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage was a right in all states. Toledo Municipal Judge C. Allen McConnell said in a written statement he was following his personal and Christian beliefs. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Winning another national championship has made Urban Meyer a butter man.
The Ohio State University football coach and Buckeyes mascot Brutus are being honored with butter sculptures at this year’s Ohio State Fair, which opens Wednesday in Columbus.
The life-size sculptures are joining the traditional butter cow and calf in a 46-degree cooler in the American Dairy Association display. There’s also a national championship trophy and two Buckeyes football helmets. All made out of butter. About 2,000 pounds of it. ∞∞∞∞∞ SEE MORE ∞∞∞∞∞
DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — A man who jumped a fence to pet cougars at the Columbus zoo and posted video of it on YouTube says he jokingly called “Here, kitty” and moved closer when the animals seemed to respond.
Joshua Newell of suburban Gahanna pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor criminal trespassing charge and was found guilty. He was sentenced to four days in jail, with two of those suspended, and fined $200 plus other costs in Delaware Municipal Court, north of Columbus.
He left court wearing a T-shirt printed with the words “Cougar Love,” WBNS-TV reported. ∞∞∞∞∞ SEE MORE ∞∞∞∞∞
CLEVELAND (Reuters) – An Ohio man who posted a video of himself petting cougars at a Columbus zoo appealed no contest to a trespassing charge on Wednesday and has to spend two days in jail and pay more than $200 in fines, court documents said.
Joshua Newell, 35, jumped an outer fence to gain access to another fenced-in enclosure and called the cougars to him in order to pet them, the documents said.
Newell then posted a nearly two-minute video of the encounter on YouTube where he enticed the animals by calling “Here, kitty, kitty” and “That’s a good kitty.” ∞∞∞∞∞ SEE MORE ∞∞∞∞∞