City of Cleveland Asked to Cease and Desist with Domestic Partnership Registry

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release:  May 7, 2009
Contact:  David Miller at (513) 733-5775

City of Cleveland Asked to Cease and Desist with Domestic Partnership Registry
Group behind Ohio’s marriage amendment says law is unconstitutional

Cleveland, OH – Today, among pomp and circumstance, the City of Cleveland began issuing certificates under the their new domestic partnership registry. However, the group which spearheaded an effort back in 2004 to define marriage in Ohio’s constitution is joining local Cleveland residents in calling on the city’s law director to intervene in court to stop the registry by seeking an injunction.

A spokesman for Citizens for Community Values says the city ordinance that created the registry is a clear violation of the state constitutional amendment approved by voters. David Miller, Vice President for Public Policy, points to the simple language in the amendment’s two sentences as proof:

Only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this state and its political subdivisions. This state and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance or effect of marriage.
– Ohio Constitution, Article XV, Section 11 (approved by the electorate on November 2, 2004)

“It’s a sad day for any society when elected officials believe they are above the law,” said Miller. “The registry created by the Cleveland City Council is an obvious attempt to do exactly what the constitution says they cannot do, which is to “create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance or effect of marriage.”

Cleveland’s Law Director Robert J. Triozzi was sent a letter today from an attorney representing taxpayers who took the first step in challenging the new law. David Langdon, Esq., the primary author of the state’s marriage protection amendment, has asked for an expeditious response from Triozzi to the request. Langdon is working alongside the Alliance Defense Fund, which is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith.