COLUMBUS, January 21, 2004 ( – The Ohio Senate is expected today to pass a bill that re-affirms the state position which does not recognize same-sex marriage. Legislators want to ensure that unmarried partners will not be eligible for spousal state pension and health benefits.

The Massachusetts Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage sparked the debate, and prompted the Ohio Senate to draft the Defense of Marriage Act. The bill will go to a vote this afternoon following one day of debate from the House, after which it will pass to Governor Bob Taft for him to sign. 

With files from Chillicothe Gazette


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